One dead, four missing after ferry capsizes in Indonesia

At least one dead and four still missing after ferry capsized in Indonesia’s Bali Strait

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Indonesian rescue workers helps a young survivor following a ferry accident.

At least one person died and four others went missing after a ferry capsized in Indonesia on Friday, as the rescue operation continued in Bali and East Java on Saturday, officials said.

The ferry, Rafelia II, capsized when it was departing Gilimanuk port in Bali heading to Ketapang port in East Java's Banyuwangi district.  It was over loaded with about 37 passengers and 14 crew members on board.

"We discovered one body today [Saturday] and are searching for four missing persons," Head of Bali Search and Rescue Office, Didi Hanzar, told Xinhua by phone.

"The ferry leaked, so it capsized," the official said.

"The fact is we have evacuated safely 76 people and found one dead body, and according to the information here four people, one of them a child, are still missing," Hanzar said.

The rescue team, including navy and police, continued their operation on Saturday from Bali and East Java, the official said. 

He also said that a helicopter and ships have been sent to support the rescue operation.  

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