7 dead and 11 missing as ferry with 57 people on board sank in Bali waters

WION Web Team
DENPASAR Published: Jun 30, 2021, 11:14 AM(IST)

Ferry KMP YUNICEE capsized and sank in port of Gilimanuk waters. Photograph:( Others )

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According to Bali Search and Rescue Agency chief Gede Darmada, the KMP Yunicee sank approximately half an hour after departing East Java's Ketapang port late Tuesday.

Rescuers were looking for 11 passengers who went missing in strong waves overnight when a ferry sank near the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Wednesday.

Seven bodies have been found, and 39 people have been rescued, many of them were unconscious after drifting for hours in turbulent waters. 

According to Bali Search and Rescue Agency chief Gede Darmada, the KMP Yunicee sank approximately half an hour after departing East Java's Ketapang port late Tuesday.

It was on its way to the Gilimanuk port in Bali, a 50-kilometre (30-mile) journey. 

It carried 41 passengers, 13 crew members and 3 canteen waiters, the National Search and Rescue Agency said Wednesday, revising earlier numbers.

The agency said 39 people were rescued and at least seven bodies were recovered.

Two tug boats and two inflatable boats have been searching for the missing people since Tuesday night, battling waves up to 4 meters (13 feet) high in the overnight darkness.

Ferry tragedies are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, where ferries are often used as transport and safety regulations can lapse.

In 2018, an overcrowded ferry with about 200 people on board sank in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra province, killing 167 people.

In one of the country’s worst recorded disasters, an overcrowded passenger ship sank in February 1999 with 332 people aboard. There were only 20 survivors.

(With inputs from agencies)

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