JAKARTA - A cargo ship rescued 14 survivors of a ferry sinking some 500 kilometers from where the craft went down in Indonesia more than a week ago. The BBC reported Monday that the survivors were spotted in a raft off Java nine days after the ferry with 600 people aboard foundered. Officials said they survived on emergency rations and rainwater; however they were described as weak and dehydrated.
The raft was discovered about 500 kilometers from the site of the sinking. Storms and strong currents have prompted rescue crews to greatly expand their search area. So far, 253 survivors have been found in a wide area between Java and Borneo. A separate search operation turned up floating pieces of metal that officials believe might have come from an airliner that went disappeared over Sulawesi a week ago with 102 people aboard.