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Published Sunday, September 16, 2018
At least 13 people have been killed and eight are still missing after a ferry caught fire and sank in central Indonesia, an official said Saturday.
The boat was believed to be carrying nearly 150 passengers off the coast of Sulawesi province on Friday when the blaze started.
KM Fungka Permata, which departed from Baubau town of Southeast Sulawesi province and was heading to Bangai port in Central Sulawesi province, sank in the waters off Sagu Island in central Indonesia, spokesperson of the Transport Ministry Bambang Ervan said.
High waves hampered initial rescue efforts but 126 people had been saved by Saturday afternoon.
A search and rescue operation is underway for remaining passengers.
"Based on reports from the passengers' families there are still some people missing," transport ministry spokesman Wisnu Wardana told AFP.
Among the deaths were two toddlers. Most of the rescued passengers were found wearing life jackets.
The cause of the accident was unclear. The Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is heavily reliant on boat transport, but safety standards are often ignored and fatal maritime accidents are common.
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