Three Liberian seamen were attending an on-deck drink fest aboard their ship, which was already around 3.5 miles from the Tanjung Priok Seaport in North Jakarta on Monday. Unfortunately, the drinks available at the party were ‘oplosan’ or tainted alcohol.
Director of the Jakarta Maritime Police, Makhruzi Rahman, said the three crewmen were partying on their ship, the MV Amber Halo, after it left Tanjung Priok. The ship, which carried 16 crewmembers, was on its way to Russia.
One victim, Makarenko Olexandor, died on the ship after drinking tainted alcohol. Two more, Sowisz Zbigniew and Patushenko Valeri were also exhibiting signs of alcohol poisoning.
“Two victims were evacuated from the ship, but unfortunately they died on the way to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Central Jakarta,” Makhzuri said, as quoted by Warta Kota yesterday.
The police are investigating how tainted alcohol got on the foreign ship.
“We have checked the ship and questioned the other crewmembers who survived. The three bodies are now in RSCM,” Makhzuri said.