Over­loaded boat cap­sizes, killing 13 in In­done­sia

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

A PAS­SEN­GER boat over­loaded with peo­ple head­ing home to cel­e­brate the end of Ra­madan with their fam­i­lies cap­sized Wed­nes­day off In­done­sia’s Su­lawesi Is­land, killing at least 13, a res­cue official said.

The Arista was trav­el­ling from Paotere port in South Su­lawesi prov­ince to the nearby is­land of Bar­rang Lompo near Makas­sar, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, when it cap­sized af­ter be­ing bat­tered by a 3-me­tre-high wave, said Amirud­din of the lo­cal search and res­cue agency.

Amirud­din, who uses one name, said search teams and lo­cal fisherman rescued 22 peo­ple. The wooden boat was car­ry­ing 43 peo­ple but was de­signed for just 20, he said.

Res­cuers re­cov­ered at least 13 bod­ies from the choppy waters, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, and were search­ing for eight oth­ers who were re­port­edly still miss­ing, Amirud­din said. He said no more vic­tims had been found de­spite im­proved weather con­di­tions and ex­tra boats join­ing the search.

Tele­vi­sion videos showed griev­ing rel­a­tives wait­ing for news of their loved ones at Bar­rang Lompo’s port and a nearby navy hos­pi­tal.

Also Wed­nes­day, a speed boat car­ry­ing 30 peo­ple cap­sized near Palem­bang city, said Toto Mu­ly­ono, who is co­or­di­nat­ing the search and res­cue ef­fort. Res­cuers re­cov­ered three bod- ies and there were 27 sur­vivors, he said.

Mil­lions of Mus­lims across the coun­try travel to their home­towns to cel­e­brate the week­long Eid al-fitr hol­i­day mark­ing the end of the Mus­lim fast­ing month of Ra­madan.

Boats and fer­ries are pop­u­lar means of trans­porta­tion in the ar­chi­pel­ago na­tion with more than 17,000 is­lands. Ac­ci­dents due to over­crowd­ing and poor safety stan­dards are com­mon. – AP

Photo: AP

In­done­sian res­cuers carry a vic­tim of a cap­sized boat at Paotere port in Makas­sar, South Su­lawesi , In­done­sia, on Wed­nes­day.

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