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Jakarta Post

Ship carrying 250 sinks in rough seas off West Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni and Nurni Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar and Balikpapan   /   Mon, January 12 2009   /  09:31 am

A ship carrying 250 passengers and 17 crew members sank in rough seas in waters off Baturoro in Majene regency, West Sulawesi, on Sunday.

Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry’s crisis center, said six people had been confirmed dead in the accident, Reuters reported.
A joint search-and-rescue team pulled 150 passengers from the water, and 18 others were rescued by fishermen.
The ship had departed from Pare-pare in South Sulawesi at 5:45 p.m. local time (4:45 p.m. Jakarta time) on Saturday on a voyage through the Makassar Strait to Samarinda, capital of East Kalimantan.
The ship sank at about 4 a.m. after being hit by a cyclone in rough seas.
“There’s currently a tropical cyclone that is causing tides of 5 to 6 meters,” Jusman Syafi’i Djamal told Reuters.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan ...