26 missing after ferry sinks in E. Kalimantan
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Search and rescue teams comprising personnel from the police, military and rescue agencies are still looking for 26 passengers from the KM Surya Indah ferry that sank in the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan on Thursday evening.
The ferry was traveling from Samarinda to West Kutai, both in East Kalimantan, when the incident occurred.
East Kalimantan Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Antonius Wisnu Sutirta said on Friday that the rescue team had yet to determine the actual number of passengers onboard the vessel.
“The current data is based on accounts by local residents who reported that their relatives were traveling aboard the ship. [The number of victims] may increase,” Antonius said as reported by kompas.com.
As of Friday afternoon, the rescue team had rescued 79 passengers. However, the ferry’s chef, Suparno, died during the rescue process.