- 25 missing reported after boat sinks.
- 42 people were on the boat.
- 17 people have been rescued.
TRAGEDY ON SUNDAY! Indonesian authorities revealed that around 25 people were reported missing after a cargo boat sank with around 42 people traveling aboard. The government indicated that the search continues and that it is seeking to find the missing after rescuing 17 people from the water.
The authorities, at first, had reported that it was a tourist boat and, therefore, it was feared that more people may have died or that there would be a larger number of missing persons. After that, it was confirmed that it was a cargo boat that had some tourists were traveling on it. At this time, the investigation continues to find the cause of the accident.
25 REPORTED REPORTED MISSING AFTER BOAT SINKS
On Sunday, it was reported that tragedy had struck in Indonesia after it became known that rescuers were trying to find the 25 missing people left behind by the sinking of a cargo boat. In preliminary reports, authorities stated that the sinking had occurred near the Makassar Strait in the South Sulawesi province.
“Rescue workers in Indonesia were searching for 25 people who went missing after a cargo ship sank in the Makassar Strait in South Sulawesi province,” authorities said on Sunday after announcing the accident, The Associated Press reported. The news caused a stir in Indonesia because it was not initially thought to be a cargo boat.
How many people were on board?
After revealing the sinking of the cargo boat, authorities announced how many people were on board at the time the terrible incident occurred. According to Djunaidi, who is head of the provincial search and rescue agency, there were about 42 people on board when the boat began to sink on Thursday.
“A total of 42 people were on the boat when it capsized in bad weather on Thursday morning while traveling from a seaport in Makassar to Kalmas Island in Pangkep Regency,” said Djunaidi, head of the provincial search and rescue agency. At the moment, the search for the 25 people continues. Filed Under: Missing Indonesian boat sinking
How many people have been rescued?
Seventeen people were later rescued, including some by two tugboats that were out at sea at the time of the incident, The Associated Press reported. Although the incident occurred on Thursday, the authorities haven’t lost hope of being able to find the missing and help them join the group of survivors of this tragedy.
At the time, the authorities said that they would resume the search for the 25 missing people and that they would not rest until they could say that their hard work had produced the desired results. At the moment, the search continues near the place where the incident occurred, hoping that this time there will be more luck and the victims will be found. Filed Under: Missing Indonesian boat sinking
Is this common in Indonesia?
Ferry tragedies are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, where ferries are often used for transportation and safety regulations can expire. For this reason, a search protocol has been established in this type of situation and they indicated that they are working to rescue the shipwrecked.
In 2018, an overcrowded ferry with some 200 people on board capsized in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra province, killing 167 people. In one of the country’s worst disasters on record, an overcrowded passenger ship sank in February 1999 with 332 people on board. There were only 20 survivors, noted AP.
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