1 dead, 4 still missing after ferry capsizes in Indonesia's Bali Strait

Members of an Indonesian rescue team searching for survivors from an capsized ferry, in the waters off East Java, Indonesia, on March 4, 2016.
Members of an Indonesian rescue team searching for survivors from an capsized ferry, in the waters off East Java, Indonesia, on March 4, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA - One body has been found so far after a ferry capsized after leaving a port in Bali, Xinhua news agency has reported, as the search and rescue operation was still ongoing on Saturday (March 5).

"We discovered one body today and are searching for four missing persons," the head of Bali's Search and Rescue Office Didi Hanzar told Xinhua over the phone on Saturday.

"The fact is we have evacuated safely 76 people and found one dead body, and according to the information here, four people, one of them a child, are still missing," Mr Hanzar said.

The boat was only cleared to take 37 passengers and 14 crew members, he said, adding that the Bali and East Java search and rescue offices, navy, and the police were all taking part in the rescue operation.

A helicopter and ships have been dispatched to support the rescue operation, he said.

"The ferry leaked, so it capsized."

The boat, Rafelia II, was leaving Gilimanuk port in Bali to Banyuwangi in the east of Java island.

Mr Yusuf Hadi, a general manager for ASDP Indonesia Ferry in charge of the service, was quoted by Jakarta Globe as saying in a statement on Friday that 71 people had been rescued.