One dead as ferry carrying 80 people sinks in Indonesia

21 June, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba, at least one dead, dozens missing

It was not immediately clear whether any foreigners were among the passengers, most of whom were believed to be holidaymakers enjoying the country's 12-day-long Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency had said there were unconfirmed reports of up to 130 people on board the ferry, which was hit by high waves and strong winds.

The search for victims of a ferry that sank in the lake of an ancient supervolcano crater in Indonesia will resume on Wednesday with divers and an underwater drone to scour the depths for at least 128 missing passengers.

As you know, the boat capsized on lake Toba in North Sumatra on Monday evening, June 18.

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Lake Toba fills the caldera of a giant volcano that erupted some 75,000 years ago - one of the world's biggest eruptions which left behind a 450-metre (1,500 feet) deep lake.

The wooden ferry had a capacity of 60 passengers but was overloaded and also carrying dozens of motorcycles, said Sri Hardianto, an official at Indonesia's transport ministry.

Authorities have released the names of the 94 people confirmed as missing who were on board the ferry when it capsized in rough weather.

Kapal Motor Sinar Bangun boat carrying about around 80 people, majority domestic visitors, capsized at 17:30 p.m. Jakarta time after leaving Simanindo port in Samosir district, spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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Pictures from the scene show distressed relatives of missing passengers holding each other and crying as they wait for news at Tigaras Port.

"I was desperate. I was scared to death".

Hundreds of rescue workers, including military and police officials, were helping with the search.

Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia, a 17,000 island archipelago nation where many depend on ferries and other boats to get around, despite lax safety standards.

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Earlier this month, a ferry carrying around 43 people sank off Makassar on Sulawesi Island, killing 13.

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