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Home-made brew kills four sailors

Four crew members of a Russian ship anchored off Borneo island died and three others are seriously ill after drinking home-made Indonesian alcohol, police have said.

Authorities are searching for a local man they believe sold the alcohol mixed with a home-made brew, Central Kalimantan police spokesman Edi Ciptianto said.

Three men were found dead on the ship, the Captain Kurbatskiy, on Thursday, Mr Ciptianto said.

Four other crew members suffered from breathing problems, dizziness and vomiting after drinking the alcohol and were rushed to a hospital, he said. One, a woman, died shortly after arrival.

Mr Ciptianto said experts are carrying out tests on the alcohol.

"We are still investigating the cause of their death and plan post-mortems," he said.

The Captain Kurbatskiy, with 24 crew, is in Indonesian waters to take on a cargo of iron ore from a port near the Borneo city of Banjarmasin.

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