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Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — A large ferry carrying nearly 200 passengers struck a fire on Saturday.
Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — A large ferry carrying nearly 200 passengers struck a fire on its way to a remote island in northeastern Indonesia on Saturday, with passengers and crew jumping into the sea, but no casualties. Officials said.
According to Wisnu Wardana, a spokesman for the Department of Maritime Transport, KM Karya Indah was heading to Sanana, the port of Limafatra Island, when the fire broke out around 7 am local time. The fire broke out 15 minutes after the vessel departed Ternate, the capital of North Maluku.
A telephone video of the incident, provided by the National Search and Rescue Agency, showed passengers and crew clinging to floating objects struggling in the water at the beach, and the burning flames of the ferry raising a cloud of black smoke.
According to Wardana, all 181 passengers and 14 crew members, including 22 children, were rescued and safely evacuated to a nearby island. He said the agency’s rescue efforts included a local fishing boat that happened to be nearby.
He said authorities were still investigating the cause of the incident and survivors told authorities that the fire appeared to have started in the engine room.
In Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelagic state consisting of more than 17,000 islands, ferry accidents occur frequently. Many accidents are attributed to loose regulation of boat services.
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