Indonesian ferry catches fire in Moluccan sea


Passenger video courtesy of the DGST

Posted on May 31, 2021 at 2:31 am by

The maritime executive

On Saturday, an Indonesian passenger ferry caught fire in the distant Moluccan Sea, forcing passengers and crew to abandon the ship.

Around 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, the ferry Karya indah was on a journey from Ternate to Sulabi when a fire broke out. When the captain ordered the abandonment of the vessel, the passengers and crew jumped overboard in life jackets and boarded the vessel’s life rafts. According to the Indonesian Coast Guard Agency Basarnas, SAR resources started around 8:50 a.m., and first responders were on site at around 10:20 a.m.

The 181 passengers and 14 crew members listed on the ship’s manifesto were unharmed, the Indonesian Maritime Transport Directorate (DGST) said on Saturday. However, on Sunday, the total number of passengers on the manifesto was revised up to 257, plus one individual who is believed to be missing.

The wife of passenger Dedi Hidayat, 43, said he was on board and had not returned, according to Kompas. Research efforts are underway.

The head of the Ternate office of the Indonesian coastguard agency Basarnas confirmed to the local Okezone outlet that the number of survivors recorded by the responders was at odds with the number of individuals on the manifesto. He admitted that this made it difficult to estimate the exact number of passengers on the ship.

The burnt Karya indah was towed to a nearby island for evaluation.

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