Local authorities report that a ferry that sank off the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia has killed at least 15 people.
Authorities are looking for 19 individuals who are still missing after the boat carrying 40 passengers sank at after midnight (16:00 GMT) on Sunday, according to Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency.
According to the organization, six passengers were saved and are receiving medical attention in a hospital.
Since it is usual in Indonesia for the actual number of passengers on a boat to differ from the manifest, it was unclear how many people were on board.
“Two teams will search, and they will work together. According to Muhamad Arafah, director of the regional search and rescue organization in Kendari city in Southeast Sulawesi, the first team will dive around the accident site.
“The second team will use a rubberboat and longboat to conduct a sweep above the water surface around the accident site.”
In Indonesia, the nation with the biggest archipelago in the world with more than 17,000 islands, ferry accidents are not unusual.
Up to 192 persons perished in 2018 when a ferry carrying too many passengers capsized and sank in Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra.
A ferry carrying more than 800 people capsized in May of last year in the waters outside the province of East Nusa Tenggara. In the incident, no one was wounded.