Friday 20 April 2018

At least 10 missing as Indonesian ferry capsizes in Bali Strait

Residents watch as rescuers search for survivors off Banyuwangi, East Java (AP)
Residents watch as rescuers search for survivors off Banyuwangi, East Java (AP)

At least 10 people are missing after a ferry capsized in the strait between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java.

TV footage showed passengers standing on the side of the stricken ferry and jumping into the sea as it sank in placid waters.

Official statements about how many people were rescued ranged from 41 to 71.

Didi Hamzar, head of Bali's Search and Rescue Agency, said the ship's manifest listed 51 people on board including 14 crewmen.

He told TVOne that 10 people were missing based on the manifest, but passenger boats are frequently overloaded in Indonesia.

The ferry was en route from Gilimanuk port in Bali to Banyawangi on Java.

Footage broadcast by TVOne showed other ships in the background as the ferry, Tafelia 2, sank in the narrow Bali Strait. It languished on its side before capsizing.

Boats are a popular and relatively cheap form of transport in the world's largest archipelago nation which spans more than 17,000 islands with a population of 256 million. Sea accidents are common, with safety regulations often poorly enforced.

Local navy chief Lieutenant Colonel Wahyu Endriawan said 71 people had been rescued without any casualties.

"We cannot yet know whether some were trapped inside the ship which has totally submerged," he told MetroTV.

Press Association

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