At Least 13 Killed After Indonesian Ferry Catches Fire with 147 Onboard

By ,   September 15, 2018 ,   Accidents

At least 13 people died and 8 are still missing after a passenger ferry caught fire and then sank in central Indonesia.

On the boat were nearly 150 travellers when on Friday, September 14, the blaze began off Sulawesi coast.. High waves hampered the initial rescue efforts. However, 126 people were saved by Saturday afternoon, September 15.

A search and rescue operation is currently underway for the remaining passengers. Among the dead are two toddlers. Most of the rescued were found wearing life jackets.

Ferry fire accident

The cause of the incident is still unclear.

The Indonesian archipelago of over 17,000 islands is heavily reliant on ferry shipping, but safety is often ignored and fatal ship accidents are common. In June 2018, more than 160 people died after a ferry sank in Lake Toba, western Indonesia.