Four Indonesians arrested after jumping off boat and swimming towards Singapore

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SINGAPORE, Oct 13, 2020, ST. Four Indonesian men who jumped off a boat and swam towards Singapore have been arrested for unlawful entry, the police said on Tuesday (Oct 13), The Straits Times reported.

The men, aged between 19 and 38, jumped off an unnumbered boat into the waters off Tuas Reclaimed Land before swimming towards the shoreline.

They were spotted last Friday (Oct 9) on Tuas Reclaimed Land by the Police Coast Guard’s (PCG’s) surveillance systems at about 8.30pm.

Following their detection, officers from the PCG, Jurong Police Division, Gurkha Contingent, Special Operations Command and Home Team Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Unit responded to arrest the four men.

All were taken into custody within five hours from when they were spotted.

The four men were charged in court on Oct 10 with unlawful entry into Singapore.

If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to six months jail and a minimum of three strokes of the cane.

The police said the men have been handed over to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority for further investigations.

Commander of the PCG, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Cheang Keng Keong said: “The officers’ vigilance and excellent team work which resulted in the swift arrest are highly commendable.

“PCG will spare no efforts and will continue to take firm action against such offenders to safeguard our waters and sea borders against crime and security threats, including unauthorised entry into and departure from Singapore.”

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