Ferry sinks with 250 aboard

JAKARTA - AN Indonesian passenger ferry with almost 250 people aboard sank in rough waters off Sumatra island yesterday, killing at least one, police said.

JAKARTA - AN Indonesian passenger ferry with almost 250 people aboard sank in rough waters off Sumatra island yesterday, killing at least one, police said.

At the same time a second ferry ran aground in nearby waters.

Rescue teams found one body and rescued 97 people but high waves were making the operation difficult, said Brigadier General Puji Hartanto, police chief of Riau Kepulauan province.

The passengers on the second ferry were all said to be safe.

The Dumai Express 10 left on an inter-island voyage yesterday morning and reportedly sank in poor weather 90 minutes into the trip from Batam to Dumai in Riau, a province off Sumatra island in western Indonesia. The area is about 900km northwest of Jakarta

The passenger manifest said it was carrying 228 passengers, including 15 children, said Yasin Kosasih, a local police chief. It was also carrying 14 crew, according to Lt Col Edwin, the local navy chief. - Sapa-AP

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