Shipwreck looting rampant in Riau

10 divers were caught last month by the Indonesian navy for looting shipwrecks. (Thanks to Damien Huffer for the head’s up.)

Indonesian Navy Arrest 10 Divers For Looting Shipwrecks [Link no longer active]
Scubaverse, 28 May 2014

The Indonesian Navy have arrested 10 divers allegedly trying to steal from shipwrecks recently.

Five of the divers were Vietnamese nationals, while five others were Indonesian.

Western Fleet Maritime Security Task Force chief Cmdr. Harjo Susmoro told local press on Sunday that the group were detained by officials during a routine patrol on Tuesday evening in Karang Haliputan waters, Tanjung Pinang.

They allegedly used a motor boat to transport the precious items. Harjo said three of the Vietnamese divers were suffering from decompression sickness when they were intercepted by naval officers. They were later rushed to Tanjung Pinang Naval Hospital.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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