About 200 people are now known to have been rescued after an Indonesian passenger ferry carrying more than 630 people sank in rough seas. However, time is running out for searchers trying to find survivors among those still missing. Those rescued say they struggled to put on lifejackets and get into rescue boats when the ship went down off Central Java on Friday night.
One survivor said: “The waves were so high and the ship’s crew told us not to panic. But we did panic and the ship went down. It took two hours to sink.” “If there is no help today for the other passengers,” said a rescue worker, “I don’t think they are strong enough to survive.” Rescuers say the bodies of about 70 people have so far been recovered from the water and along the Central Java coast. Authorities say the ferry was sea-worthy and had the capacity to carry more than 800 passengers.