Indonesia ferry with 250 sinks
Jakarta, January 11, 2009
An Indonesian ferry carrying 250 passengers sank in bad weather in the country's east on Sunday and it was unclear how many people had survived, Indonesia's transport minister said.
Jusman Syafi'i Djamal told Reuters that 150 people had been taken off the ferry, but added he did not know if they were dead or alive.
"There's a tropical cyclone now which caused tides of five to six metres," Djamal said by telephone. He said the ferry had 250 passengers and cargo on board.
A transport agency spokesman earlier said 18 people were known to have survived, but did not give details.