A boat carrying asylum seekers sunk off Indonesia’s East Java province on Sunday, leaving more than 200 people missing, presumed dead.
The overcrowded boat capsized in rough seas 30 from the coast.
Survivors said they were fleeing persecution in their home countries.
“We were about 250 passengers, from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, some from Turkey and some from Saudi Arabia. We were supposed to go from Indonesia, from Jakarta to Australia,” one male passenger told reporters.
Indonesian authorities have given conflicting accounts of the number of people missing and the possible casualty toll.
Police said that at least 33 asylum seekers had been rescued from the water.
But rescue workers said there were 380 passengers onboard the boat and that as many as 76 had been saved.
Indonesia is often a transit point for migrants in search of a better life in Australia.
- 1Women ‘tortured and murdered’ in German ‘House of Horrors’
- 2Political turmoil on the horizon in Turkey?
- 3Incredible scenes in the Turkish parliament
- 4Migrants in Idomeni react angrily to idea of visa-free Schengen travel for Turkey
- 5Donald Trump is set to be the Republican US presidential candidate
- 1Incredible scenes in the Turkish parliament
- 2Denmark extends controls on German border, EU set to allow more Schengen exceptions
- 3Three Earth-like planets found outside the Solar System
- 4Palestinians condemn Eurovision Song Contest for flag ban
- 5Rebels launch surprise attack on Aleppo – Syrian state TV
Latest world news
Political turmoil on the horizon in Turkey?
Donald Trump is set to be the Republican US presidential candidate
Syrian army announces 48-hour ‘regime of calm’ in Aleppo
Fires threaten to engulf Canadian city
Migrants in Idomeni react angrily to idea of visa-free Schengen travel for Turkey
Wires > News
- 04:30 CET Australian Islamic State recruiter killed in U.S. strike in Iraq
- 03:15 CET Stubborn Shanghai residents hold a line drawn in rubble
- 01:26 CET Cuba scrambles to keep pace with U.S.-fueled tourism boom
- 01:25 CET Ageing Thailand takes toll on indebted households
- 22:50 CET Turkish ruling party preparing to replace PM Davutoglu – officials
- 21:09 CET Merkel says working for U.S.-EU trade deal this year
- 21:06 CET ‘Three Amigos’ Obama, Trudeau, Pena Nieto to meet June 29
- 19:14 CET Russia arrests groups for planning attacks in Moscow region -…