DENPASAR, Indonesia — Rescuers were looking for 11 people who went missing in high waves overnight when a ferry capsized near the Indonesian tourist island of Bali on Wednesday. Seven dead have been found, and 39 people have been rescued, many of them were unconscious after floating for hours in rough waters.
According to Bali Search and Rescue Agency head Gede Darmada, the KMP Yunice sunk approximately half an hour after departing East Java’s Ketapang port late Tuesday. It was on its way to the Gilimanuk port in Bali, a 50-kilometer (30-mile) journey.
The National Search and Rescue Agency said Wednesday that it transported 41 passengers, 13 crew members, and three canteen servers, updating prior figures.
Since Tuesday night, two tug boats and two inflatable boats have been looking for the missing persons, braving waves as high as 4 meters (13 feet) in the nighttime darkness.
In 2018, 167 people were killed when an overloaded boat carrying around 200 passengers sunk in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra province.