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Indonesia: 20 rescued, 2 dead after boat sinks

20th Dec 2015
Indonesia: 20 rescued, 2 dead after boat sinks

By Ainur Rohmah

 

JAKARTA (AA) – At least 20 people have been rescued and two confirmed dead after a passenger boat carrying more than 115 people sank after encountering large waves in waters off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.

Israel, a rescuer who like many Indonesians uses only one name, told Kompas.com on Sunday, “around 20 people have been moved to search and rescue boats.”

He added that two children had also been found dead.

The motor boat had around 119 people on board, according to national news agency Antara, when it was hit by large waves Saturday afternoon and its crew reported to port authorities that the vessel had begun taking in water.

More than a dozen of those reportedly on board were children.

The KM Marina departed from a port in Kolaka regency, Southeast Sulawesi province, en route to the city of Wajo to the west at around 11.00 a.m. (0400GMT) Saturday.

Police Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera, spokesperson for South and West Sulawesi Police, said Saturday that survivors were being transported to the nearest hospital.

Antara quoted him as saying, “rescue teams are still around the coordinates of the location of the last communication with the harbor master.”

Meanwhile, the director of waterways for South and West Sulawesi Regional Police told the agency that bad weather and waves more than five meters high were hampering the search for passengers and the boat.

Police Commissioner Hari Sanyoto said the boat had not been found although rescue teams “have searched since morning and around the location it went missing.”

Indonesia’s waterways serve as a widespread form of transportation in some areas of the country, where accidents resulting from overcrowded boats and lax safety standards are common.

 

 

[Map of Indonesia. CIA Map. Creative Commons]

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