The Indonesian rescue teams reported today that they have found an indeterminate number of bodies about 450 meters deep on Lake Toba, on the island of Sumatra, where last week the shipwreck of a ship He left 192 missing.
Through video images captured by an underwater drone, officers from the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) distinguished human remains and personal objects.
The emergency services believe that the disappeared were trapped in the vessel when it capsized eleven days ago.
“After the discovery, the next step is (to decide) how to recover the bodies,” Muhammad Syaugi, director of Basarnas, said in a statement, posted on the body’s website.
The KM Sinar Bangun ferry, with a capacity for 43 passengers but carrying more than 200 people, capsized the last 18th in the midst of waves of up to two meters and bad weather, on Lake Toba, during the crossing of some six kilometres of distance between the town of Tigaras and the island of Samosir.
18 people were rescued alive, including the captain of the ship who is being investigated along with other members of the crew, and 4 corpses were recovered, while the authorities still do not know the whereabouts of 192 people reported missing.
The tourist lake Toba is the largest in Indonesia with 1145 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 900 meters, is located in the caldera of a volcano that erupted about 74,000 years ago.
The ship is one of the main means of transport of the Indonesian archipelago, formed by more than 17,000 islands and with a population of more than 260 million inhabitants.
Source: La Vanguardia