Ferry Collides Head-On with Chemical Tankship Off Indonesia

Jakarta Post
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rescuers continue to search Indonesian waters for an unkown number of passengers missing from an Indonesian Ro-Pax ferry.

More than 210 passengers and crew were rescued in the hours after the accident by ten 'Good Samaritan' merchant ships, but an unknown number are feared missing. Eight bodies have been recovered so far, and six people have been hospitalized.

The ferry manifest listed 213 passengers and crew and 78 vehicles on the ferry, but manifests are often unreliable in Indonesia because tickets are sold onboard to passengers who are never registered, reports the Jakarta Post.

The other ship involved in the accident, a chemical tankship owned by Singapore-based Norgas Carriers Pte. Ltd., was reportedly not seriously damaged.



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