Kepulauan Seribu is an archipelagic district in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Heru Andriyanto)

Police Inspect Fishing Boat and Find Five Bodies in Freezer


SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Jakarta. The Jakarta Police launched investigation on Friday after they discovered five dead bodies in the freezer of a fishing vessel while conducting maritime patrol off North Jakarta a day earlier.

The captain of the vessel has claimed that the five workers died from consuming pre-mix cocktails on the ship, but police wouldn’t just buy that.


Preliminary investigation revealed that the dead bodies have been kept in the freezer for around two weeks.

“The bodies have been taken to the police hospital for autopsies to determine the cause of their deaths,” Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Yusri Yunus told reporters.

The Water Police Unit inspected the Starindo Jaya Maju VI fishing boat during a patrol near Pari Island in Jakarta’s Kepulauan Seribu district on Thursday.

"Officers checked the boat manifest and found 43 names on the list, but in reality there were only 38 people onboard. A further search discovered five death bodies in the freezer," Yusri said. 

Police have interrogated the ship’s captain and five crew members and received information their colleagues had died from consuming self-made cocktails around two weeks before the police came.

"The incident occurred on Sept. 3, when crew members held a party with pre-mix liquor after sailing for two months and the vessel began to head ashore. Five people died in the alcohol party and the captain decided to keep them in the freezer because it took another two weeks to the shore," Yusri said.