Dozens feared dead and '128 missing' after ferry sinks in Indonesia

21 June, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba, at least one dead, dozens missing

It was not immediately clear if foreigners were among the missing passengers.

Indonesian rescue workers struggled in rain and two-meter waves on Tuesday to search for at least 128 passengers from an overloaded ferry that sank in Lake Toba, a tourist destination in an ancient supervolcano crater on Sumatra island.

A woman cries as she finds out her family are listed as missing, at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra, Indonesia, June 19, 2018, after a boat capsized the day before.

Sri Hardianto, an official at Indonesia's transport ministry, said the ferry had a capacity of only 60 passengers but might have carried 80 people and dozens of motorcycles, Bangkok Post reported.

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The wooden vessel sank Monday afternoon with an estimated 80 people aboard, authorities have said, just days after more than a dozen people were killed in another maritime accident across the country.

It is one of the deepest lakes in the world and covers some 1,145 square kilometres (440 square miles). It released the names of 94 people confirmed as missing but said the figure is expected to rise as information from relatives is compiled.

"Evacuation is weather constrained", Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweeted.

Video footage provided by the agency showed people on another ferry throwing life preservers and life jackets to several people in the water on Monday evening. "I wish I had died with my family, but I didn't", she told Metro TV in tears.

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"Many said that their relatives were lost", - quotes Agency the words of the representative of the local rescue services.

Indonesia witnesses more number of ferry accidents during the holiday period following the month of Ramadan when millions of people make the annual journey to their hometowns.

It comes after a longboat carrying around 43 people sank off Makassar on Sulawesi island last week, leaving 13 people dead.

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