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Jakarta Post

Dozens dead, many missing as ferry sinks

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Mon, November 23 2009   /  09:26 am

Thank God, I am alive: A ferry survivor floats in the sea before being rescued off Karimun Island on Sunday. APAt least 26 people were killed and 232 rescued when an allegedly overloaded ferry capsized off Riau Islands province on Sunday, search and rescue officials said. However, the number of missing passengers remains unknown as the search mission was called off at nightfall.Riau Islands Police chief Brig. Gen. Pudji Hartanto put the number of passengers at 292, much more than the ship’s maximum capacity of 268.  “The number of passengers was more than capacity. We will investigate this violation,” he said. The ship’s manifest showed only 213 people were on board the Dumai Express 10, but many passengers, including children, were not listed in the manifest, according to rescuers.“The search operations will continue for the next seven days, because survivors have reporte...