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29 die when ferry sinks off Sulawesi island JAKARTA - At least 29 are killed and 125 were rescued after a ferry sank in high seas off the island of Sulawesi. Residents near the town of Bau Bau in Southeastern Sulawesi heard survivors screaming for help in the waters off the coast after the Acita 3 capsized around 21:00 local time Thursday. 151 people believed to be on board, but it is common practice for ferries in Indonesia to bring more people than officially registered.

"Twenty-nine people have died. The bodies were received from midnight last night until 8:00 am this morning. Nineteen survivors are being treated for shock," said Laode Hamdansyah, a spokesman from the general hospital in Bau Bau. One of the survivors, Safruddin, told that he was on his way to work on Sulawesi when the vessel sank. "I thought I would die. I managed to get out of the boat... I held on to two pieces of foam and then I passed out. I woke up at the port and I threw up," he said.

Chief of the local search and rescue team Roki Asikin told that 125 people had been rescued, "but we do not know how many people were aboard the ship, so we don't know how many people are still missing." He told that people were most likely trapped in the vessel when it sank. Local policeman Idwar told that the ship capsized about 11 kilometers from the town of Bau Bau while ElShinta radio told it sank just 500 meter from the shore.


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Posted in Accidents @ 19 October 2007 08:36 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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