Jakarta: Indonesian search and rescue teams on Thursday resumed efforts to find 24 passengers missing after their vessel sank near the resort island of Bali, killing at least 17.
Indonesia has a checkered maritime safety record among the thousands of ferries that criss-cross the vast archipelago.
A wedding party was aboard the ship, Jabal Nur, which was carrying 49 passengers when it sank on Tuesday, following damage that caused a malfunction of the engine and water pump, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman of Indonesia`s National Disaster Agency.
Eight people have been rescued, including the ship`s captain.
High waves and encroaching darkness forced a suspension of the search late on Wednesday, Nugroho said.