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Death toll hits 15 in Indonesia asylum-seeker boat capsize

Published on Jul 26, 2013 11:35 AM

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AFP) - The death toll after a boat carrying some 200 asylum-seekers bound for Australia capsized has risen to 15, rescuers said on Friday, adding they did not know if any passengers were still missing.

Three days after the boat sank in the seas off Indonesia, rescue operation chief Rochmali, who goes by one name, said it was "unlikely" any more survivors would be found, as weather conditions deteriorated with strong winds and waves hampering the search.

"We don't know the exact number of people who were onboard. It's possible they're all accounted for, but we've sent a helicopter out anyway to scan the sea," Mr Rochmali told AFP.

Among the 15 dead are six children, including an 18-month-old baby, and a pregnant woman, he said.

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