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Sunken ferry captain among survivors, 400 still missing JAKARTA - The captain of an Indonesian passenger ferry that capsized off the northern coast of Java last week, leaving hundreds missing, was one of 13 people rescued from an unmanned oil rig, officials said Thursday. A group of 15 other survivors who also were found Wednesday clinging to a reef near Kangean Island, off the coast of East Java province, were transported Thursday afternoon by the Indonesian Navy to Surabaya, the provincial capital.

However, rescue teams on Thursday did not find any further survivors from the December 29 disaster, dimming hopes that any of the 400 people who remain unaccounted for would be found alive. Indonesian Navy Colonel Jan Simamora, a rescue mission coordinator, said Wiratno, captain of the Senopati Nusantara ferry, was with the group found Wednesday afternoon on the oil rig.

"He was in a state of depression after floating on the sea for several days," Simamora told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "Now he's undergoing treatment in a Navy hospital in Surabaya." The ferry, carrying at least 631 people, sank in bad weather in the Java Sea off the northern coast of Central Java province.

Incredibly, the 28 survivors were found Wednesday in waters up to 500 kilometres away, officials said. Accordingly, the Indonesian Navy - which has deployed seven ships, two helicopters and three airplanes - expanded its search area eastward from Central Java, which lies 400 kilometres east of Jakarta.

A total of 230 survivors and seven bodies have been plucked from rough seas since the accident. More than 400 people were still missing and feared drowned. Search and rescue operations are to be suspended at nightfall and resume at daybreak Friday, and officials said they would continue to search for survivors for another week and expand their operation eastward toward the resort island of Bali.

"We were instructed to continue our search as long as possible," Riyadi, a field officer with the National Search and Rescue Agency told dpa, adding that hopes of finding more survivors were slim.


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