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Ferry sinks after hitting reef in Riau Islands

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Fri, May 17, 2019   /   09:22 pm
Ferry sinks after hitting reef in Riau Islands On alert: Personnel of the Western Fleet Quick Response (WFQR) are on a patrol in waters between Batam and Bintan, Riau Islands, on June 4. (JP/Fadli)

A ferryboat has sunk in waters of Riau Islands after hitting a reef, only 30 minutes after it had left Sribintan Pura harbor in Tanjungpinang on Thursday evening.

Dozens of passengers were rescued to another boat.

The ill-fated vessel, Dragon 6, had been on its way to Batam – only an hour away, when the crash happened.

“I don’t know what the exact location was. It was really dark,” Andi, one of the passengers, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The head of the Batam Search and Rescue Team, Isdhira, said the accident had occurred near Nginang Island.

“Every passenger has been rescued and brought to Batam on the ship Oceana 9. Every single one is safe and sound,” Isdhira said.