Over 200 missing as boat sinks in western Indonesia

January 11th, 2009 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Jan 11 (DPA) A ferry carrying some 250 people on board sank in rough waters off the western Indonesian province of West Sulawesi early Sunday, leaving more than 200 missing, officials and media reports said.The Teratai Prima Kosong ferry left Pare-pare harbour Saturday evening en route to Samarinda in the eastern Kalimantan province on the Indonesian portion of Borneo Island, said Suhardi, an official at the Search and Rescue (SAR) agency in Makassar, the capital of South Sulwesi.

But the vessel reportedly sank off the western coast of West Sulawesi province after it was hit by huge waves, Suhardi said, citing reports from port officials in the West Sulawesi port town of Majene.

“Eighteen people survived the accident, leaving more than 200 others missing and feared drowned,” Suhardi said. “Rescue workers had been deployed to search the missing people.”

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