72 Feared Dead In Ferry Sinking

Monday, February 06, 2006
About 72 passengers are still missing from a ferry that sank in waters off Kupang in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, China View reported. Search and rescue teams are still trying to find the 72 missing passenger. Most of the passengers on the ferry are presumed to have drowned. Rescue teams found 34 bodies and 125 other passengers floating in the sea. Most of the passengers had life jackets. Search and rescue team would continue searching for the missing people until February 7-- a week after the boat sank. The government has deployed three naval war ships, a surveillance aircraft, a police helicopter, a police patrol boat, three tugboats owned by state shipping company PT Pelni and three vessels from state ferry company PT ASDP to aid rescue efforts.

(Source: China View)

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