MAJENE - Until now only 21 people and staff have been rescued from the waters off West Sulawesi after a ferry capsized there early yesterday morning. The fate of some 229 other passengers and crew is still unknown. Two more victims were found alive in two different locations near Majene overnight. Both were brought to the general hospital in the city.
The search for survivors has been resumed a dawn this morning. But it is clear that it will not be an easy search because bad weather is still over the area. Some vessels from the Indonesian navy are sent to the location as well to search for survivors together with regional search and rescue teams.
A number of passengers on the Teratai Prima was not officially registered in the ship's manifest. This results in difficulties placing victims on the boat. Even relatives are sometimes not sure about whether their loved ones have boarded the boat in Parepare or not. The regional police is organising as much information as they can for the families and friends.