Ambon. Twelve passengers from MV Putri Ayu, which sank in Central Maluku waters, Maluku Province, were found early on Sunday.
The 12 survivors were taken to a hospital in Ambon, Secretary of the Maluku Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Kifly Wakanno said.
The ship was believed to have carried around 27 to 29 passengers.
One of the survivors said the ship had left Slamet Riyadi harbor in Ambon on Saturday at around 10 p.m. local time, and sank on Sunday at around 1 or 2 a.m. local time.
Kifly said search and rescue efforts have been intensified with the assistance of the Ambon Search and Rescue team and harbor administrator.
The ship was hit by huge waves before it sank.
“We urge coastal area inhabitants of West Leihitu as well as Leihitu to help look for other survivors whose number is still uncertain,” Head of the West Leihitu Police office Inspector II Zet Riry said.