JAKARTA – A ferry transporting 71 passengers capsized in the strait between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java on Friday, forcing passengers to jump into the sea as the boat sank in placid waters.
Official statements about how many people were rescued ranged from 41 to 71.
Didi Hamzar, head of Bali’s Search and Rescue Agency, said the ship’s manifest listed 71 people on board including 14 crewmen. Passenger boats are frequently overloaded in Indonesia. He reported that 10 people were missing based on the manifest.
Footage broadcast by Indonesian news agentcies showed other ships in the background as the ferry, Tafelia 2, sank in the narrow Bali Strait. It languished on its side before capsizing.
Boats are a popular and relatively cheap form of transportation in the world’s largest archipelago nation which spans more than 17,000 islands with a population of 256 million. Sea accidents are common, with safety regulations often poorly enforced.
The ferry was en route from Gilimanuk port in Bali to Banyawangi on Java.
A local navy chief Lt. Col. Wahyu Endriawan said a total of 71 people have been rescued without any casualties.
“We cannot yet know whether some were trapped inside the ship which has totally submerged,” he told reporters.