At least five people were killed and more than 100 others rescued safely
after a ferry caught fire in waters off the East Java province in western
Indonesia on Friday (19 May ’17) evening, rescuers said Saturday according to a
Chinese news agency.
A total of five bodies are already placed at sea port, and now a total of
95 people are in our ship after we rescued them safely. There are also scores
of rescued passengers in Kartika ship, but I do not know the precise number
Muhammad Arifin, head of Search and Rescue Office of the East Java province,
told Xinhua by phone from a rescue ship.
Previously, seven people had been rescued by rescuers, according to
spokesman of the national search and rescue agency Marsudi.
Ferry Mutiara Sentosa caught fire in waters off Masalembo of the Sumenep
district, Marsudi. A search and rescue operation for the missing is still going
on, involving two helicopters, scores of ships and around 200 personnel, he