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Ship Sink Near Java - Maybe More Than 840 Dead

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posted on Dec, 30 2006 @ 02:49 AM
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A ship has sunk in a storm near Java, Indonesia. Senopati sank about 300 km (190 miles) north-east of Jakarta. It was carrying around 850 passengers. Only nine survivors have been found...


BBC: Indonesian ship 'sinks in storm'



A ferry carrying around 850 passengers has sunk in a storm off the Indonesian coast, according to reports.

A helicopter, three naval vessels and a police ship were taking part in the rescue effort, Central Java's Navy commander, Col Yan Simamora, told Elshinta radio.

He said only nine survivors had been found.

"I'm afraid many have died," he said, adding that heavy rain and waves up to 5 metres (16 ft) high were making rescue work difficult.

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MSNBC.com: Navy officer: Ship carrying 850 sinks off Java


The “Senopati” went down around midnight Friday en route to Sumarang on central Java from the port of Kumai on Borneo island.

Slamet Bustam, an official at the Semarang port, said waves of up to 15 feet had crashed over the ship’s deck around midnight Friday. It was carrying 850 people, he said.

More than 12 hours after the accident, rescue workers in ships and helicopters had found only nine survivors, stranded on a nearby island, he said. Navy Commander Col. Yan Simamora also said there were only nine survivors.

Two warships were searching the area, hindered by poor visibility.

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[edit on 2006/12/30 by Hellmutt]




posted on Dec, 30 2006 @ 10:25 PM
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Here's some more on this. There seems to be some confusion regarding how many people there were on the ship. There was a fight over life jackets when the ship broke up, and life (rubber-) boats were torn apart in the chaos.


Photo: Bay Ismoyo/Scanpix/AFP


BBC: Hunt for Indonesia ship survivors

31 December 2006



Indonesian rescue teams are searching for survivors after a ferry carrying about 600 people sank off the coast of Java during a storm early on Saturday.

People have been known to survive for days in Indonesia's tropical waters. The vessel, Senopati Nusantara, was carrying 628 people including 57 crew when it sank, according to Indonesia's Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa.

We will continue the search operation, normally until seven days, but it can be extended until we are sure that we have made our utmost efforts," he said.

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Another survivor, who gave his name as Cholid, said there were not enough life jackets and that passengers had fought over them as the boat capsized. "I was going upstairs to try to help my daughter, but the ship suddenly broke up and I was thrown out. I lost her," he told AP news agency.

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Senopati Nusantara

Photo: AFP

Other Links:
AFP: More than 500 missing after ferry sinks off Indonesia
Guardian: Hundreds die as ferry sinks

[edit on 2006/12/30 by Hellmutt]



posted on Dec, 31 2006 @ 11:04 AM
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news.bbc.co.uk...


Indonesia ferry survivors found

Naval boats cannot reach survivors trapped in rough seas
Indonesian rescue teams searching for those missing after a ferry sinking off Java say they have found scores of survivors in lifeboats.
Naval officers flying over the area say they have seen at least 10 lifeboats with survivors on board but that stormy weather has prevented their rescue.

Of some 600 people on board the ship, which capsized in severe weather on Saturday, 151 have been rescued so far.

However, local fisherman have also recovered the bodies of 66 people.

The vessel, Senopati Nusantara, was carrying 628 people including 57 crew when it sank, according to Indonesia's Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa.


The boat is thought to have sunk about 40 km (24 miles) off Mandalika island, about 300 km (190 miles) north-east of the capital, Jakarta. It was travelling from the port of Kumai, Borneo, to Semarang in Java.

The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Indonesia says that the boats spotted from the air are drifting eastwards along the coast of Java, and have travelled some 70 nautical miles from the wreckage.

Rescue boats have been sent to meet them, our correspondent says, but weather conditions which had improved earlier in the morning have now begun to worsen and officials are worried it may hamper the rescue effort.

Helicopters have been dropping food and water to those clinging to the lifeboats until they can be rescued from the rough seas.



Survivors say many lifeboats simply tore in half, leaving victims drifting.

People have been known to survive for days in Indonesia's tropical waters.

"We will continue the search operation, normally until seven days, but it can be extended until we are sure that we have made our utmost efforts," Mr Rajasa said of the search and rescue effort, which is being spearheaded by four naval ships and at least two aircraft.

He said the vessel, built in Japan in 1990, was seaworthy and had a capacity of more than 850 passengers.


Some survivors have been picked up by local fishermen
Survivors have described panic as the Senopati began to sink and passengers scrambled to climb aboard lifeboats, many of which broke apart leaving people drifting in the water.

One survivor, who lost his two children, told Reuters news agency that the ship had started to roll over after struggling in high seas and heavy rains.

"Suddenly the lights went off and it became dark. The ship's crew tossed lifejackets... some could not get any but I got one," said 53-year-old Waluyo.

"I tried to get into a rubber boat but many people also did the same thing, so the rubber boat was torn... Finally I grabbed the edge of another rubber boat."

Another survivor, who gave his name as Cholid, said there were not enough life jackets and that passengers had fought over them as the boat capsized.

"I was going upstairs to try to help my daughter, but the ship suddenly broke up and I was thrown out. I lost her," he told AP news agency.

Ships and ferries are a cheap and popular means of transport between the 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia.

Correspondents say safety standards are not always enforced and vessels frequently carry more passengers than they are meant to.



posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 02:58 AM
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More survivors have been found hundreds of kilometes from where the ship went down. They have now widened the search. Some of the survivors where found on an unmanned oil rig.


AFP: Indonesian ferry survivors found hundreds of kilometres from wreck

04/01/2007



Indonesia has widened the search for hundreds of people missing after a ferry sank, as survivors were found hundreds of kilometres from where the ship went down, a navy officer has said.

A seven-year-old boy was among 13 people rescued Wednesday clinging to an oil rig in the Java sea.

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A total of 220 people, 178 males and 42 females, have been rescued so far, with seven bodies recovered, Semarang port official Bagasto told AFP.

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posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 07:18 AM
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Originally posted by Hellmutt
More survivors have been found hundreds of kilometes from where the ship went down. They have now widened the search. Some of the survivors where found on an unmanned oil rig.


AFP: Indonesian ferry survivors found hundreds of kilometres from wreck

04/01/2007



Indonesia has widened the search for hundreds of people missing after a ferry sank, as survivors were found hundreds of kilometres from where the ship went down, a navy officer has said.

A seven-year-old boy was among 13 people rescued Wednesday clinging to an oil rig in the Java sea.

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A total of 220 people, 178 males and 42 females, have been rescued so far, with seven bodies recovered, Semarang port official Bagasto told AFP.

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Hey Hellmutt..
12 survivors from the Indonesian plane crash were found clinging to an oil rig too..
These stories are getting curiouser and curiouser!!!



posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 05:38 PM
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Originally posted by Murphs

Hey Hellmutt..
12 survivors from the Indonesian plane crash were found clinging to an oil rig too.

Weird...
Maybe they've mixed up ferry survivors with plane survivors? Seems like they might even be wrong about the position where the ferry sank. With so much confusion and fake reports, I wonder what is going on...


If they find any more survivors, they should ask them: "What disaster did you survive from?"



posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 05:55 PM
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I think they will have too, there are so many lost and the reports have been non existant..They have both been too strange tragedies..



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