A yacht with the Malaysian flag has been found stranded by a police officer on Banyuasri Beach in North Bali.
One of the officers found the Malaysian yacht near the Bali Police Academy on Wednesday (23/2) at 7:30 am. After noticing that the vessel was locked and unoccupied, the officer immediately reported what he found to the Buleleng Coastal Police Officer, Celukan Bawang Port Official, and Singaraja Immigration Office.
The authorities attempted to push the yacht back to the sea but failed as it leaked after crashing into rocks near the shore.
After investigating, the authorities discovered that the fleet belonged to an expat named Robert Karl from Australia. The man, who also owns an accommodation business around Lovina Beach, admitted that he had taken his yacht from Benoa Port and parked it near his hotel in Lovina.
“I had parked my fleet near my hotel in Lovina as I planned to take it to Riau to take care of its legal documents. However, it suddenly disappeared even though it was properly anchored,” Robert said.
Shortly after, Robert filed a report to the police department as he suspected that somebody had deliberately cut his ropes. Meanwhile, the Head of Buleleng Coastal Police Officer, AKP I Wayan Parta, confirmed that he had already begun an investigation regarding the incident.
“We will investigate whether somebody deliberately cut the rope or if it was nature that caused the fleet to get swept away by the current. We will also coordinate with the Port Official regarding its legal documents,” AKP Parta concluded.
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