Death toll hits 15 in Indonesia asylum-seeker boat
Cianjur: The death toll after a boat carrying some 200 asylum-seekers bound for Australia capsized has risen to 15, rescuers said Friday, adding they did not know if any passengers were still missing.
Three days after the boat sank in the seas off Indonesia, rescue operation chief Rochmali, who goes by one name, said it was "unlikely" any more survivors would be found, as weather conditions deteriorated with strong winds and waves hampering the search.
"We don`t know the exact number of people who were onboard. It`s possible they`re all accounted for, but we`ve sent a helicopter out anyway to scan the sea," Rochmali said.
Among the 15 dead are six children, including an 18-month-old baby, and a pregnant woman, Rochmali said.
Police are questioning the asylum-seekers, which include Iranians and Sri Lankans. Some have been handed over to immigration officials and are staying in hotels in West Java`s Sukabumi city.
Australian authorities alerted Indonesia of the incident Tuesday evening, just days after Canberra announced that asylum-seekers who arrive by boat would no longer be resettled in Australia even if they secure refugee status.
As per reports, one group of 38, including women and children, had swum in darkness for up to four hours in high seas to reach the shore Tuesday night.
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