18 people rescued in Indonesia after ferry with atleast 80 people sank

Marsha Scott
June 21, 2018

An estimated 18 people had been rescued and one passenger was confirmed dead after the ferry sank on Monday.

Police said 18 people were rescued and one body was recovered, unchanged from figures they and disaster officials released almost a day earlier on Monday evening.

"There are 65 people who say their relatives are missing".

Search and rescue operation was halted due to unfavorable weather condition and will be resumed when it improved, sadi Sri Hardianto, head of land transport agency for territory II in the province.

Relatives have congregated at major ferry docks on the lake, waiting for news about their missing loved ones.

The Sinar Bangun ferry sank in rough weather around 5:30pm (local time) off the port of Tigaras, carrying passengers from the lake's Samosir Island, Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPT) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Authorities believe the traditional was operating illegally with no manifest and the passengers had not been given tickets, as is often the case in the area.

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"I was desperate. I was scared to death".

As you know, the boat capsized on lake Toba in North Sumatra on Monday evening, June 18. "I'm afraid my family is dead", she said, weeping.

Indonesia has been celebrating the Aidilfitri since Friday and millions go on holiday during the festivities, with Lake Toba a popular tourist destination.

Indonesian rescue workers struggled in rain and two-meter waves on Tuesday to search for at least 128 passengers from an overloaded ferry that sank in Lake Toba, a tourist destination in an ancient supervolcano crater on Sumatra island.

Maher Tamba, an official with the local disaster agency, said at least half a dozen vessels had searched for survivors since Monday night.

Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia, a 17,000-island archipelago nation where many depend on ferries and other boats to get around, despite lax safety standards.

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