At least 21 passengers of a ferry that sunk in the Mahakam River
in East Kalimantan continued to be missing and are feared dead,
police said on Friday.
The KM Surya Indah, which had 98 people
on board based on the latest information, capsized in the Kutai Barat
district area late on Thursday evening.
So far, one body has been recovered and 76 survivors rescued,
district police chief of detectives Adj. Comr, Suparno said,
according to the Antara news agency.
The whereabouts of
another 21 people who had been on board the unfortunate ship remained
unknown the day aftery the incident and they are believed to have all
drowned, Suparno said.
Rescue teams composed of police members
and local soldiers and residents, are combing the river to find
survivors or bodies, he said, adding that the skipper and other crew
members of the ship were among the survivors.
KM Surya Indah
regularly plies the route between Samarinda and towns in the district
of Kutai Barat along the Mahakam River. It was reported to have sunk
at 11 p.m. on Thursday.
Sukaryah, the head of the Mahakam Ulu
terminal in Samarinda, told Antara that the ship had been bound for
Melak carrying a registered 40 passengers, 11 motorcycles and 10 tons
Boats usually take on more passengers along the
The ferry had capacity to transport 96 passengers and 40
tons of cargo.