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Second fatal ferry tragedy in Indonesia in about two weeks

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JAKARTA — July 4, 2018: The number of deaths in the ferry that capsized in the waters of Selayar Island, South Sulawesi, yesterday has risen to 29 while 41 others are still missing.

The KM Lestari Maju was carrying 139 passengers and 48 vehicles when it capsized after a leakage and also bad weather.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that 69 passengers survived.

President Joko Widodo expressed regret over the tragedy, which he said was because of negligence and the lack of safety.

“In addition to poor weather conditions, the tragedy is also due to unethical service factors,” he said in remarks online.

On June 18, the KM Sinar Bangun capsized in Lake Toba, North Sumatra. The vessel with a capacity of not more than 80 passengers is believed to have carried 189 passengers.

The Indonesian government ended the  search yesterday after families of the victims agreed for it be called off after 15 days. The lake is over 450 metres deep. — Bernama

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