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30 missing, feared dead in Indonesia ferry collision

Published on Sep 28, 2012 12:20 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - About thirty people are still missing and feared dead after an Indonesian ferry with more than 200 people on board collided with a cargo tanker earlier this week, rescuers said on Friday.

Eight people were confirmed dead while 207 others were rescued alive after the KM Bahuga Jaya, sailing from Merak port in West Java to Sumatra island, collided with the tanker on early Wednesday.

The exact number of people on board is not clear but authorities said the vessel was loaded with several manned vehicles including trucks, cars and motorcycles.

"Based on the accounts by family relatives, about 30 people are still missing," Lampung provincial search and rescue chief Saidar Rahman Jaya told AFP.

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