At least 14 dead after boat sinks off Indonesia

Death toll continues to rise after ferry sinks in stormy waters on Saturday off Sulawesi island in Indonesia

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Death toll increasing all the time in waters off Sulawesi island where boat sank Saturday

The search continued for more than 60 people still missing on Wednesday after a ferry sunk off Sulawesi Island on Saturday as the death toll has risen to 14.

The fibreglass vessell, named "Marina Baru", was carrying 118 passengers and crew when it ran into trouble and went down in the Gulf of Bone in stormy waters.

An official from the Disaster Management Agency of Luwu regency confirmed that a fisherman found seven bodies believed to be from the KM Marina vessel that sank with at least 116 people on board Saturday afternoon.

"Initially, a fisherman was just looking for his friend, but in the middle of his journey, he found seven bodies in Bulu Puloe," Aminuddin, the head of the agency’s disaster and logistics department who like many Indonesians uses only one name, told the local Tribun Makassar newspaper reported the Anadolu Agency.

The recovery comes a day after another fisherman reportedly came across four bodies in the waters of East Luwu, with the victims being transported to a nearby hospital to be identified, Anadolu Agency said.

Data from the Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) says 46 people who were on the board have so far been rescued.

On Tuesday (Dec. 22), two passengers were found alive, including the captain of the ferry, Reuters reported an official as saying.

TRTWorld and agencies