Ferry ac­ci­dent kills 13:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

At least 13 peo­ple have been killed and eight are still miss­ing af­ter a ferry caught fire and sank in cen­tral In­done­sia, an of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

The boat was be­lieved to be car­ry­ing nearly 150 pas­sen­gers off the coast of Su­lawesi prov­ince on Fri­day when the blaze started.

High waves ham­pered ini­tial res­cue ef­forts but 126 peo­ple had been saved by Satur­day af­ter­noon.

A search and res­cue op­er­a­tion is un­der­way for re­main­ing pas­sen­gers.

“Based on re­ports from the pas­sen­gers’ fam­i­lies there are still some peo­ple miss­ing,” trans­port min­istry spokesman Wisnu War­dana told AFP.

Among the deaths were two tod­dlers. Most of the res­cued pas­sen­gers were found wear­ing life jack­ets.

The cause of the ac­ci­dent was un­clear. (AFP)

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