At least six people die when a ferry sinks in Indonesia

  • The boat was carrying 56 people, of which 44 were rescued.

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At least six people, four women and two men, died in the wreck of a ferry with 56 people on board near the Indonesian island of Bali, the Indonesian search and rescue agency Basarnas reported. In a statement, Basarnas said that the ferry KMP Yunice, carrying 41 passengers and 12 crew members, sank on Tuesday night as it headed to the port of Gilimanuk in Bali from the island of Java. Relief services 44 people have been rescued so far.

Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia due to poor infrastructure, overloaded passengers and goods, lax compliance with safety regulations and inclement weather. The ship is one of the main means of transport in the Indonesian archipelago, made up of more than 17,000 islands and with a population of more than 270 million inhabitants.

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