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Saturday, 04 January 2014 22:20


Three dead and a dozen still missing


A ferry, called KMP Munawar, departed form Lombok in the early hours of last friday. Head of the provincial maritime division, Sr. Cmr. I Wayan Supartha, said that the ferry had a leak that caused it to begin sinking while travelling from Kayangan Port to Poto Tano Port, ins Sumbawa Island.

"From the data that we could gather, 36 passengers were rescued, while three people were found dead,” he stated. Aparently passengers informed the captain about the leak, but "got no response".

"At 4 a.m. the ferry sank, but still "around 90 percent of the passengers managed to get out alive and were transferred to the KMP Marina Kuintan,
another ferry passing by the location", the captain added.

One of the survivors, Linda Sari, said that "when we were approaching Poto Tano, the ship suddenly tilted sideways and rapidly began to sink."

Marsudi, the head of the Mataram Search and Rescue Agency, said his office had only managed to confirm the identities of 49 individuals from the ship.

"That’s all we have been able to record and all the passengers have been evacuated using three other ships," he said.

Brig. Gen. Moechgiharto, the West Nusa Tenggara Police chief, said rescue officers were doing their best to account for all of those on board.

Those who were picked up at sea have been taken to a community health center in Sumbawa.

In addition to passengers, the ferry was carrying six trucks, four pickup trucks, eight minibuses and 15 motorcycles, all of which went down with the ship.

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