Scores feared dead in ferry sinking

Nearly 250 missing after high waves hit ferry 50km off western Sulawesi in Indonesia.

    A transport ministry spokesman said the ferry was not overloaded

    "It happened at dawn [so] most people were probably asleep," Ervan said.

    The 700-tonne Teratai Prima sank en route from the western port of Parepare on the island of Sulawesi to Samarinda, East Kalimantan.

    The ship, carrying around 18 tonnes of cargo, had radioed that it was "hit by a storm" before it went down, port officials said.

    Sea accidents routinely claim hundreds of lives each year in Indonesia, largely due to poor enforcement of safety regulations and overcrowding.

    But Ervan said the Teratai Prima, with a capacity of 300 passengers, was not overloaded.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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