11 dead after Indonesia boat capsizes

Canada Global (Web News) An official reported on Friday that eleven people perished in western Indonesia after a passenger boat carrying dozens capsized.

After the disaster off the coast of western Riau province on Thursday afternoon, rescuers recovered 62 survivors and largely found the dead of women and children, according to a statement from the local search and rescue agency official Kukuh Widodo.

There were 74 individuals on the capsized boat. According to spokeswoman Widodo of the Pekanbaru national search and rescue agency, sixty-two people survived the event, eleven people are dead, and one more person is still missing.

The speedboat bound for Tanjung Pinang city in the Riau islands capsized soon after leaving Tembilahan port, which is located 198 kilometres (123 miles) away in a neighbouring province.

The representative said that the accident’s cause was still being looked into.
He issued a warning that the number of the missing could rise given that the exact number of passengers aboard the Evelyn Calista 01 was yet unknown.

In Indonesia, the actual number of people on a boat frequently varies from the manifest.

Marine mishaps are common in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of roughly 17,000 islands, as a result of low safety rules.

On Sumatra island, a ferry capsized in one of the deepest lakes in the world in 2018, killing over 150 people.

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