Five dead, 17 missing in Indonesia ferry accident
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 18:19
Kupang: Rescuers found five dead bodies on Saturday and were searching for 17 people missing after a passenger boat sank in eastern Indonesia.

The ferry, called the Karya Terang, went down yesterday afternoon, during bad weather in East Nusa Tenggara province.

"We've found five dead bodies, three women and two men. We're still searching for 17 missing people," Kupang search and rescue chief Herman Da Gomes said.

Da Gomes said 44 people had survived the accident. Rescuers had originally said only a dozen people were missing, but revised the total number of passengers on board the boat to 66.

"About 50 people, consisting of rescue teams, marine police, navy members and fishermen, are searching for the missing people," he said.

Separately, a boat carrying seven people sank in East Nusa Tenggara province yesterday. Officials said four people had been rescued but they were still searching for the others.


First Published: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 18:19

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