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Published On: Sun, Jan 1st, 2017

At Least 23 Died in Indonesian Ferry Fire off Seribu Island

nsnbc : At least 23 have died on the Zaharo Express ferry off the coast of Seribu Island when a fire erupted on the vessel Sunday morning.

zahro-express_ferry-fire-rescue_indonesia_jan-2017The official death toll has risen from 17 to 23 reported Jakarta Disaster Mitigation and Operational Command Center Spokesman Seply Madreta said on Sunday, saying:

“We confirmed the death toll has increased from 17 to 23 people. Seventeen people were injured and 17 others went missing. The rescue workers successfully saved 194 passengers.”

A rescue team evacuated three bodies to the  Atmajaya Hospital in North Jakarta. The three have thus far been identified as the 40-year-old Jeksen Wilhelmus of Bogor City, Masduki of Cirebon City and a woman named Alia.

Meanwhile, 20 other bodies are being evacuated to the Kramajati Police Hospital in East Jakarta for identification. The Zahro Express ferry was sailing from Muara Angke to Pulau Tidung Island in North Jakarta, when it caught fires on Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is at this time unknown. Police and the Jakarta Provincial Administration have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. The ferry left Muara Angke at 08.45 and caught fires in the waters of Pulau Bidadari, Seribu Islands at 09:00 Western Indonesia Standard Time.

A/N – nsnbc 01.01.2017

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