Indonesian fishermen and rescuers have found at least 177 survivors as ships continued the search today for more than 400 people still missing after a ferry sank in a storm off the coast of Java, officials said.
Some 151 survivors were already on land while 15 others were on a Vietnamese ship making its way to the Javanese port of Surabaya, the transport department said.
“Besides that, there is one victim who is dead and is on board a fisherman’s boat which is also bringing 11 survivors to Rembang at the moment,” department official Soeharto was quoted as saying by the official Antara news agency.
A group of 17 men and one woman was picked up by fishing boats and taken to Rembang hospital, where most of the survivors of the ferry disaster have been taken for medical check-ups, Rembang police officer Suripto told AFP.
The “Senopati Nusantara” (Archipelago Commander) sank late Friday off the north coast of Java with some 600 people on board while en route from Kumai on Borneo island to the Javanese port city of Semarang.
The ferry was carrying 545 passengers and 57 crew, port official Slamet Rahardjo told reporters in Semarang. It was licensed to carry 850. He said the ship was equipped with two lifeboats, 47 liferafts capable of carrying 1,175 people, and 1,125 lifejackets.
Seventeen rescued people arrived in Tuban early today and were treated for dehydration.