Saturday, December 30, 2006

Ferry Capsizes Near Sumatra

A passenger ferry capsized in rough waters off the coast of Sumatra, leaving one dead and 36 missing, officials said. The Tri Star I was believed to have been carrying 58 crewmen and passengers when it sank in an estuary of the Musi River, about 300 miles northwest of the capital, Jakarta, said Saidini Ali, the chief provincial transportation official.Ali said 21 people were rescued after the ferry capsized on its way from the South Sumatran capital Palembang to Muntok, a nearby island in the neighboring Bangka-Belitung province. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

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