The passenger ferry KMP Yunice which carried carried 41 passengers, 13 crew members and 3 canteen waiters sank near Indonesia’s resort island of Bali about half an hour after leaving East Java’s Ketapang port late Tuesday. KMP Yunice is said to have capsized and sank at the northern location of the red light Gilimanuk, Bali at about 19.20 WITA, Tuesday. It was reportedly dragged by currents until it tilted and overturned. It was bound for Bali’s Gilimanuk port. Rescuers were searching for 11 people still missing in rough seas overnight, battling waves up to 4 meters (13 feet) high in the overnight darkness. Seven bodies have been recovered and 39 people were rescued, many of them unconscious. “We are still searching for the missing,” said Bali search and rescue chief Gede Darmada.
Gambarana Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ketut Gedi Adi Wippawa, was at the scene, but was unable to make further statements. Such accidents occurs in Indonesia on a regular basis. Ferries are often used on the archipelago of more than 17,000 islands but safety regulations can lapse. In 2018, an overcrowded ferry with about 200 people on board sank in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra province, killing 167 people.