Rescuers Search for Dozens Missing Right after Indonesian Ferry Sinks
HONG KONG &mdash Rescuers in Indonesia had been looking on Tuesday for dozens of people who have been reported missing right after a ferry sank in a lake for the duration of a major vacation, officials and the regional news media mentioned.
At least one particular person died when the ferry sank at five:30 p.m. on Monday in Lake Toba, a well-known sightseeing spot on Sumatra Island, the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported.
Indonesia is the world&rsquos most populous Muslim-majority nation, and the accident occurred for the duration of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Millions of Indonesians have been traveling property to celebrate the vacation, recognized there as Idul Fitri.
The Globe mentioned the ferry was carrying 80 passengers, but an official with Indonesia&rsquos National Disaster Management Agency stated on Twitter that there may have been anywhere from 70 to 130 men and women on board.
The disaster agency retweeted a Twitter post by the official, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, that integrated video of the rescue work.
He was quoted by The Globe as saying that the cause of the accident was unknown, and that search-and-rescue operations have been becoming hampered by higher waves.
Calls to the disaster agency failed to go by means of on Tuesday. An automated message stated a single of the lines had been temporarily disconnected.
Reuters reported that at least one hundred rescue personnel were involved in the search. The news agency quoted Sri Hardianto, an official at Indonesia&rsquos transportation ministry, as saying that the wooden ferry had a capacity of 60 passengers but might have been carrying 80 people and dozens of motorcycles.
A nearby police chief, Marudut Liberty Panjaitan, told The Related Press that 18 folks had been rescued, but that 49 other people have been missing.
The A.P. also quoted a survivor, Juwita Sumbayak, who said the ferry sank all of a sudden following it was hit by a wooden boat in higher waves on the lake.
&ldquoI was desperate, I was scared to death,&rdquo she said. &ldquoI&rsquom afraid my family members is dead.&rdquo
Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands, is notorious for boat accidents, plane crashes and other transportation disasters.
Final Wednesday alone, The A.P. stated, at least 16 folks had been killed in two separate boat accidents &mdash off Sulawesi Island and close to the city of Palembang, respectively.
Published at Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:13:37 +0000