Sangke Palangga Ferry Runs Aground in Indonesia

By ,   January 12, 2019 ,   Accidents

KMP Sangke Palangga ferryboat with 28 crew members and 83 passengers on board, ran aground on a reef approx 5 miles from port Marapokot, northern coast of central East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia, Flores Sea), at around 3:30 am on Friday, January 11, while en-route from South Sulawesi.

By 10:00 am, all people on board the ferry were safely evacuated and transferred to Marapokot. The vessel had reportedly capsized and sank, though it's not yet confirmed and the ferry probably is still aground.

Sangke Palangga ferry accident

KMP Sangke Panggala ferry sailed from Bira on Wednesday, January 9, and arrived at Jampea Harbor on Thursday, January 10, at around 2:00 p.m. local time. From the port of Jampea, it continued to Marapokot Harbor at around 5:00 pm local time.