Ferry sinks in rough seas near Bali; 6 dood en 3 missing

Ferry sinks in rough seas near Bali; 6 dood en 3 missing
Rescuers are searching for three people missing after a ferry sank with more than 50 people onboard in rough seas near Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, killing at least six people

Rescuers searched into the night Tuesday for three missing people after a ferry sank with more than 50 people onboard in rough seas near Indonesia’s resort island of Bali killing at least six people, officials said.

The ferry, the KMP Yunice, sank about half an hour after leaving East Java’s Ketapang port, Bali Search and Rescue Agency chief Gede Darmada said. It was bound for Bali’s Gilimanuk port, a 50-kilometer (30-mile trip), met 41 passengers and 12 crew members.

Hy het gesê 44 mense, many unconscious after drifting in choppy waters for hours, were rescued and at least six bodies were recovered.

Rescuers were battling waves up to four meters (13 feet) high in darkness to search for the missing people.

Ferry tragedies are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 eilande, with weak enforcement of safety regulations often to blame.

In 2018, an overcrowded ferry with about 200 people on board sank in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra province, killing 167 mense.

In one of the country’s worst recorded disasters, an overcrowded passenger ship sank in February 1999 met 332 people aboard. There were only 20 survivors.

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