Nine dead after sinking ferry in Indonesia

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At least nine bodies were found after a ferry sank near an Indonesian island due to bad weather, a search and rescue official reported on Thursday (07/21/2022).

The KM Cahaya Arafah ferry capsized near the Indonesian island of Ternate on Monday night, triggering a search and rescue operation for the 13 missing people.

Rescuers found four bodies on Wednesday night and five on Thursday, the fourth day of the search, the Ternate search and rescue agency said in a statement.

Four people are still missing.

The ship was carrying 77 passengers and crew on its way to the neighboring island of Halmahera.

Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of some 17,000 islands in Southeast Asia, where people rely on ferries and small boats to get around despite a lack of safety.

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