12 dead after ferry sinks in Indonesia's longest river

Search for 6 missing people ongoing after ferry carrying travelers during Eid holiday sinks in Borneo island

12 dead after ferry sinks in Indonesia's longest river

World Bulletin/News Desk

Rescue teams were searching for six missing people in Indonesia’s Kapuas river Wednesday after a ferry sank, killing at least 12 people in Central Kalimantan province.

National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) public relations officer Amrizuna – many Indonesians use only one name – said that of the 70 people believed to have been aboard the vessel, 52 had survived while 12 lost their lives.

He added that additional rescuers and search shıps had been dispatched to help with the search and handling of victims.

The ferry had been sailing Tuesday from Kapuas Panamas village with passengers headed to visit relatives for the Muslim holiday of Eid when it sank in Indonesia’s longest river.

Most of the survivors have returned to their homes, while others are still receiving treatment in nearby hospitals.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2014, 15:44