Ship capsized in central Indonesia, two people die, several missing

A ship has been capsized in the waters off East Nusa Tenggara province, in the central part of Indonesia on July 5. A top rescuer said that at least two people have lost their lives and seven others are still missing.

Emy Freezer, Head of the Provincial Search and Rescue Office said that the ship, named KM Kasih 25, carrying 28 people, sank in Fakuafu Strait, after departing from a sea port in the province’s capital of Kupang. He added that the ship was heading to Rote Ndao district of the province.

Emy Freezer said, “We suspect huge waves to be the cause of the accident. But the National Transport Safety Committee will carry out an investigation.”

He added that a search and rescue operation has been undertaken and several personnel from the local search and rescue office along with three vessels have staged the rescue mission.

Earlier, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency warned of extreme weather, in the waters off the province within the next three days, barring ships of medium and small sizes from sailing.

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