Tuesday, November 29, 2011

18 professional divers to recover remains of bridge victims

A team of 18 professional divers, accompanied by Navy frogmen, and members of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and Mobile Police Brigade (Brimob), are set to attempt to recover the remains of victims of the collapsed Kutai Kertanegara Bridge in East Kalimantan on Tuesday.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the professional divers worked for oil companies, and were used to working underwater for drilling for rigs off the coast of Balikpapan.

"The water is 50 meters deep,“ Sutopo said Tuesday in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post.

Sutopo added that the divers would cut steel to recover the remains of victims trapped in cars that sunk into the river during the incident.

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