July 21, 2022, 12.45 PM


JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - At least nine bodies have been found after a ferry sank off the coast of an Indonesian island due to bad weather, a search and rescue official said Thursday, July 21.

The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Indonesia’s Ternate island on Monday evening, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people.

Rescuers found four bodies on Wednesday evening and five bodies on the fourth day of the search, the Ternate search and rescue agency said in a statement.

Four people remain missing.

The boat was carrying 77 passengers and crew on board as it traveled to nearby Halmahera island.

Sixty-four people were evacuated to a nearby village after the sinking.

This handout picture taken and released on July 21, 2022 by Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows a rescue team moving victim's bodies after a ferry sank in bad weather in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island. The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island on July 18, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people. (Photo by Handout / BASARNAS / AFP) HANDOUT This handout picture taken and released on July 21, 2022 by Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows a rescue team moving victim's bodies after a ferry sank in bad weather in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island. The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island on July 18, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people. (Photo by Handout / BASARNAS / AFP)

Local villagers had sailed out in their longboats to help authorities in a vessel with the search operation.

Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of around 17,000 islands, where people rely on ferries and small boats to travel around despite poor safety standards.

In May, a ferry carrying more than 800 people ran aground in shallow waters off East Nusa Tenggara province and remained stuck for two days before being dislodged. No one was hurt in that accident.

In 2018, more than 150 people drowned when a ferry sank in one of the world’s deepest lakes on Sumatra island.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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