Twenty-six people were missing after a ferry ran out of fuel and sank in bad weather off the coast of Indonesia.
Johannes P. Christo / Anadolu Agency
Twenty-six people were missing on Saturday after a ferry ran out of fuel and sank in bad weather off the coast of Indonesia, officials said.
The country’s search and rescue agency said the vessel was carrying 43 people when it capsized in Makassar Strait, the sea that separates the islands of Sulawesi and Borneo on Thursday.
The news of the accident first reached officials on Saturday, the local head of search and rescue Djuanidi, who like many Indonesians only goes by one name, told AFP.
“Seventeen people have been rescued alive by two tugs that passed. We have deployed a rescue team to search for the missing others,” he said.
A group of 40 rescuers were at sea looking for survivors, Djuanidi added.
Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of about 17,000 islands, where safety standards are often lax.
Last week, a ferry carrying more than 800 people stranded in shallow water off East Nusa Tenggara province and remained stranded for two days before being displaced. No one was injured.
In 2018, more than 150 people drowned when a ferry sank in one of the world’s deepest lakes on Sumatra Island.
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26 people missing after ferry shipwreck in Indonesia
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