By Ainur Rohmah
TUBAN, Indonesia (AA) - Police have arrested a crew member and are searching for another man following the sinking of a boat carrying Indonesian migrant workers in the waters off Riau Islands province.
Of the 101 people on board the boat, 18 have died, 41 survived and 42 people remain missing.
On Thursday, the chief of Riau Island police, Brig. Gen. Sambudi Gusdian, was quoted as saying police had arrested a man with the initial D, and were searching for another.
"D claimed that there were three crew on the ship, and he and one other survived. The third colleague is still missing," tribunnews.com reported Gusdian as saying.
Police said they have also arrested the owner of the ship -- identified as Y -- who tried to flee to Malaysia.
Earlier Thursday, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Anadolu Agency that “joint SAR [Search and Rescue] teams are trying to look for the missing victims around the scene".
"Because there is no manifest, the passenger data collection is proving difficult," he added.
The boat sank in a storm after hitting a reef Wednesday morning off Batam Island while returning from Malaysia.
On Wednesday, the Jakarta Post quoted Gusdian as saying that police suspected the boat was overloaded and heard reports of the voyage being organized illegally.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.