Body of captain retrieved from sunken ferry in Bali; 5 dead

Indonesian rescuers evacuate bodies recovered from a ferry accident in Banyuangi, East Java on March 5, 2016.
Indonesian rescuers evacuate bodies recovered from a ferry accident in Banyuangi, East Java on March 5, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA - Rescuers on Sunday (Mar 6) retrieved the body of the captain from a ship which sank on Friday in the Bali Strait, bringing the total casualties to 5, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Today (Sunday) the body of the captain was found inside the ship in seabed. We have also discovered four other bodies," Head of Search and Rescue Office in Bali Didi Hanzar told Xinhua by telephone from the scene.

"As all the victims have been found, the head of national search and rescue office plans to close the operation today (Sunday)," Hanzar said.

 

He added that dozens among the 76 people who were rescued from the sea when the ferry capsized, are suffering from injuries sustained when they jumped into the water.

Mr Hanzar said the ferry, Rafelia II, was overloaded, packing in 81 people when it should load 37 passengers and 14 crew.

The vessel was leaving Gilimanuk port in Bali for Ketapang in East Java's Banyuwangi district when a leak caused it to sink, Mr Hanzar concluded.