Twenty-six people were missing on Saturday after a spacecraft carrying 43 people on board capsized off the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Authorities said the ferry it ran out of fuel and sank in bad weather. She had left the port of Paotere in Makassarcapital of South Sulawesi province, on Thursday at midnight and was reported missing the next day when he failed to reach his destination.
Ferry wreck in Indonesia
“We received information that 17 people were found and saved by passing tugboats,” Djunaidi, head of the local search and rescue agency, told the AFP news agency.
A group of 40 rescuers was at sea searching for survivors, he added, saying news of the accident did not reach authorities until Saturday.
On Thursday, Indonesia’s meteorological agency warned of waves of up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) in areas of the Makassar Strait.
Maritime accidents in Indonesia
With some 17,000 islands in the vast archipelago, Indonesia is a country that relies heavily on water transport. This does not come without risks, and maritime accidents with a high death toll are quite common in the Southeast Asian country.
Weak enforcement of maritime safety regulations has often been cited for ferry disasters.
Local governments responsible for the safety of small boats and boats do not have sufficient funds and human resources to enforce and ensure these safety standards.
Last week, a ferry carrying more than 800 people ran aground in shallow water off East Nusa Tenggara province. No one was injured in the accident.
As we report in AmericanPost.NewsIn 2018, more than 150 people drowned in Indonesia when a ferry capsized in one of the world’s deepest lakes on the island of Sumatra.
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