11 people died as their boat capsizes in Indonesia

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An official reported Friday that eleven people died after a passenger boat carrying dozens of people capsized in western Indonesia.

Rescuers rescued 62 people and discovered the dead of largely women and children following an accident off the shore of western Riau province on Thursday afternoon, according to Kukuh Widodo, a local search and rescue agency official.

“The capsized boat carried 74 people. Sixty-two survived the incident, 11 are dead, and one other is still being searched for,” Pekanbaru national search and rescue agency spokesperson Widodo said Friday.

The speedboat going for Tanjung Pinang city in the Riau islands capsized just after leaving Tembilahan port in a neighboring province, which is 198 kilometers (123 miles) away.

The official stated that the reason of the accident was still being probed.

He warned that the number of individuals missing could rise because the exact number of people aboard the Evelyn Calista 01 had not been confirmed.

In Indonesia, it is typical for the number of actual passengers on a boat to differ from the number shown on the manifest.

Due to inadequate safety standards, marine mishaps are common in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of around 17,000 islands.

More than 150 people died in 2018 after a ferry capsized in one of the world’s deepest lakes on Sumatra island.

AFP

 

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