In a recent news update, reportedly 11 students of a school were drowned while 10 others were rescued during a school outing for river cleanup in West Java of Indonesia.
According to the local officials, it was revealed that a total of 150 students from an Islamic Junior School went on a river cleanup drive planned by their school along the banks of the Cileueur river. Out of 150 students, 21 of them slipped into the river. The 11 students are reportedly drowned while the rest of them are rescued.
“The weather was good and there was no flash flood,” said Deden Ridwansyah, chief of the Bandung Search and Rescue Office. “Those children who drowned were holding each others’ hands. One of them slipped and the others followed,” as per Ridwansyah.
The rescue team was immediately deployed to the incident location along with the nearby residents who managed to save 10 of the 21 slipped students. They were sent to a nearby hospital to look for any injuries.
The rescuers who were deployed by the officials were using bug orange inflatable rafts to look out for the victims and the search finally ended on Friday night.
According to the sources, the students were not wearing any life jackets. While some of the reports revealed that this particular river is famous for inner tubing and rafting.
There have always been frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia which have taken millions of people to live in the mountainous areas and which is where this river was also located.
We will keep you posted if there’s any new update about the searching of student bodies.