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The number of victims could increase due to the presence of passengers not registered in the vessel
The sinking of an apparently overloaded passenger ferry killed at least 15 people in the vicinity of the Indonesian island of Java, local police said Tuesday.
The ferry was carrying about 50 passengers, but was hit by a wave and tipped over on its side in front of the island of Madura, east of Java, said local police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera.
However, reports from local radios suggest that the number of victims may increase due to the presence of passengers not registered on the ship.
“It is suspected that the ship was overloaded,” Mangera said in a statement.
Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago formed by some 17,000 islands and where the use of these boats is done on a daily basis, although not always under strict safety regulations.
Last year, the sinking of a ferry on the island of Sumatra killed more than 160 people.