Indonesia: 26 missing after ferry wreck in Makassar Strait

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Twenty-six people are reported missing after an Indonesian ferry sank in the Makassar Strait, which separates the islands of Sulawesi and Borneo, authorities announced today.

The wreck occurred on Thursday due to bad weather, but the news was not known to the authorities until today, the head of the rescue services, Juanidi (who, like many Indonesians, has only one name) explained to the French Agency.

The ship, which was carrying 43 people and ran out of fuel, was hit by the waves and bad weather and ended up sinking.

Seventeen people were rescued and investigations are continuing today to locate the missing, he said.

There are many maritime accidents in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where safety instructions are not always followed.

Last week, a ferry carrying more than 800 people ran aground in East Nusa Tenggara province and was stranded for two days. No one was injured.

In 2018, more than 150 people drowned in a ferry wreck in Sumatra, one of the deepest lakes in the world.

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