Ferry survivors in dramatic rescue

Fourteen survivors of a sunk Indonesian ferry have been rescued after drifting on a life raft in the high seas for nine days, a search and rescue official has said.

Ferry survivors in dramatic rescue
The ferry sank in the Java Sea with more than 600 aboard after it capsized around midnight on December 29.
Bambang Karnoyudho, the official, said on Monday: "They were found yesterday, 15 of them. One of them died this morning. He had been in critical condition. They were found by a ship called KM Mandiri, and they are now being transported to Makassar."
The ferry sank in bad weather in the Java sea off the northern coast of Central Java province, but survivors have been found in waters up to 500km away.
Meanwhile, navy officials have said that the bodies of hundreds of people missing are probably trapped in the vessel.
"We presume hundreds of bodies remain trapped on board," Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Syaiful, a navy spokesman, said on Monday.
The authorities say they plan to locate and remove the bodies.
Nearly 250 people on board the vessel have been found alive, but about 400 remain missing. Ten bodies have been recovered.


A government transport investigator said last week that she suspected water entered the car deck, making the vessel heavy and unstable.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16