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Indonesian ferry sinks in storm

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Indonesian ferry sinks in storm


More than 200 people are feared dead after an Indonesian ferry sank in stormy waters.

Eighteen people are known to have survived the sinking of the Teratai Prima, which is believed to have been swamped by a huge wave during a cyclone. Some survivors were picked up by a passing ship but bad weather and nightfall made rescue efforts difficult. The Transport Ministry in Jakarta said 150 people had been located, although it is not known if they are alive or dead. Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Transport Ministry said “We still don’t know the fate of the missing people, whether they had lifejackets on when the ship was hit, and it happened at dawn so most people were probably asleep. “ The ferry was sailing between Sulawesi island and East Kalimantan, carrying 250 passengers and 17 crew.
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