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Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and rescued 126 people after a ship burned down
At least 10 people were killed and 11 others missing after a ferry with 147 passengers burned down in waters off central Sulawesi province in central Indonesia.
Government officials, quoted by the Japanese news agency Kyodo News, reported that the boat caught fire while heading from the port of Bau-Bau, on the island of Buton, to Sanana, in the province of North Maluku.
Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and rescued 126 people after a ship burned down in the waters of Central Sulawesi province.
The spokesman of the National Agency of Management of Disasters, Bambang Ervan, indicated that “the boat caught fire and then sank in the Island of Sagu”. The survivors were taken to the port of Bangai, he added.
Ervan explained that the vessel KM Fungka Permata, which started from the town of Baubau in the southwest of the Sualwesi province towards the port of Bangai in the province of Central Sulawesi, sank in the waters of the island of Sagu in the center of Indonesia
The search and rescue of missing persons are on the way, confirmed the general director of maritime transport of the Ministry of Transport, R. Agus H. Purnomo.
“The tracking of the areas where the incident occurred is taking place,” the director told the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
The transport of boats is one of the favourite means of transport in Indonesia since it is a vast archipelago that shelters more than 17 thousand islands.
Source: Zocalo MX