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PASSENGER FERRY SANK IN INDONESIA, 25 DEAD, 242 RESCUED

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Rescuers saved more than 240 people aboard a crowded Indonesian passenger ferry that sank Sunday in rough waters off Sumatra island, but 29 people have died so far and at least 17 others were missing, officials said.
  • Rescue teams had rescued 242 people but high waves were making the operation difficult, said Brig. Gen. Puji Hartanto, police chief of Riau Kepulauan province. The passengers on the second ferry were all said to be safe.

  • The Dumai Express 10 left on an inter-island voyage Sunday morning and reportedly sank in poor weather 90 minutes into the trip from Batam to Dumai in Riau, a province off Sumatra island in western Indonesia. The area is about 600 miles (900 kilometers) northwest of Jakarta

  • The passenger manifest said it was carrying 228 passengers, including 15 children, said Yasin Kosasih, a local police chief. It was also carrying 14 crew, according to Lt. Col. Edwin, the local navy chief.

  • At least nine ships and several fishing boats were searching for those missing, Edwin said.

  • A journalist from el-Shinta radio reported from one of the rescue ships that passengers could be seen floating in the water around some small islets, but the ship could not reach them due to high waves and shallow waters. Passing boats have picked up dozens of those rescued.
Source: AFP
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Maritime accidents are very common because of tropical storms, and sometimes poor ship maintenance and lax safety enforcement. Authorities must always be prepared. Rental Property Management


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