Tatan Syuflana/AP
A victim of a February 2007 ferry fire in Jakarta, Indonesia, is taken off a cargo ship that
rescued hundreds of passengers Feb. 22, 2007. That fire killed at least 15 of the 350 people
aboard the ferry and sent scores of passengers jumping into the sea.

Rescue Efforts Continue After Indonesian Ferry Sinks

January 11, 2009 10:22 AM
by Emily Coakley
Fishermen and other rescuers are trying to save people after a storm helped sink a ferry carrying approximately 250 passengers in Indonesia.
A ferry sailing during a storm was hit with waves and sank early Sunday, Voice of America reported. Approximately 250 people were on board the ferry when it capsized. Transport Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal told the Sydney Morning Herald that approximately 150 people were able to get off the ferry, “but it’s not clear how many are alive or died.”

Fishermen had rescued 18 people so far, the radio service said Sunday morning.

The ferry, which was traveling before dawn, was headed from Pare Pare in Sulawesi to East Kalimantan when the accident occurred.

CNN reported that police forces and the Indonesian Navy are also trying to rescue people.

Sunday’s ferry disaster is far from the country’s first. According to Voice of America, “Ferries are a key form of travel in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago. Accidents are common because of poor enforcement of safety regulations and overcrowding.”

The Morning Herald adds that such accidents “claim hundreds of lives each year.”

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