Ferry sinks in Sumatra, dozens missing (News)

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Jakarta: An estimated 18 people have been rescued and one is confirmed dead out of about 80 passengers aboard a ferry that sank in Lake Toba in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, a disaster agency official says.

Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Photo: Fairfax Media

The Sinar Bangun ferry sank in rough weather at around 5.30pm local time on Monday about a kilometre from the port of Tigaras, carrying passengers from the lake’s Samosir Island, Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPT) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Nugroho added that search and rescue efforts had involved two other ferries and one wooden boat had been hampered by weather conditions in the area on Monday night.

It was not immediately clear if any of the missing passengers were foreigners.

Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination promoted by the government, fills the caldera of a giant dormant volcano and is the largest lake in Indonesia and one of the deepest in the world.

Reuters 

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