Disasters & Accidents

At least 7 dead, 11 missing after ferry sinks off Bali coast

(Update 1: updates death toll, adds details)

Jakarta, Jun 30 (EFE).- At least seven people were killed and 11 remained missing on Wednesday, a day after a passenger ferry sank off the coast of the Indonesian island of Bali with 57 people on board, the country’s search and rescue agency Basarnas reported.

In a statement, Basarnas said that the KMP Yunice, carrying 45 passengers and 12 crew members, sank on Tuesday night as it headed to the port of Gilimanuk in Bali from the island of Java.

Rescue workers have saved dozens of survivors who were traveling on the boat, while search operations were continuing for the missing people.

Ferry and maritime accidents are common in Indonesia due to poor infrastructure, overloading, lax compliance with safety regulations and inclement weather.

Boats are one of the main means of transport in the Indonesian archipelago, made up of more than 17,000 islands and with a population of more than 270 million people. EFE


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