Storm sinks Indonesian ferry with 250 passengers

January 11, 2009 13:04


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An Indonesian passenger ferry sank in a storm Sunday with around 250 passengers and 17 crew onboard after being battered by seven-foot (two-meter) waves, officials and witnesses said. Several members of the crew and 18 passengers were rescued, but the fate of the others remained unclear, said Taufik, a port official. The Teratai Prima sank on its way from the island of Sulawesi to Kalimantan, the Indonesian half of Borneo. It went down 30 miles (50 kilometers) off western Sulawesi after the ship radioed that it was "hit by a storm," said Nurwahida, a port official. Passenger Syaharuddin said he and 17 others were saved by a fishermen who found them drifting on three life rafts.

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