Makassar, Indonesia — Three days after a cargo ship sank in the Makassar Strait in South Sulawesi province, 10 more survivors have been found, including the captain and other crew members.
A total of 42 people on board have been rescued since the search and rescue operation began on Saturday, of which 31 have been rescued, said Junaidi, head of the provincial search and rescue agency. Like many Indonesians, Junaidi has only one name.
The KM Ladang Pertiwi 02 sank in bad weather on Friday afternoon. The ship departed from a seaport in Makassar on Thursday and headed to Kalmas Island in the Bungip Regency, South Sulawesi province, stopping at some islands in the Makassar Strait along the way.
Ten survivors rescued by a local fisherman were taken to their homes on the island of Paman Taoan in the Makassar Strait on Monday morning.
“They are safe and in good condition,” Junaidi said.
The wreck was initially said to be a passenger ship, but Junedi later clarified that it was a cargo ship carrying construction materials. 36 passengers requested to travel on the ship with 6 crew members. Search and rescue teams are looking for the remaining 11 passengers, officials said.
ferry tragedy Indonesiaan archipelago of more than 17,000 islands where ferries are often used as a means of transport, safety regulations may be ineffective.
In 2018, an overcrowded ferry carrying about 200 people sank in a deep crater lake in North Sumatra province, killing 167 people.
In February 1999, an overcrowded passenger ship carrying 332 people sank in one of the worst disasters on record in the country. There are only 20 survivors.
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