One Dead as Ferry Sinks in Mahakam River


SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

Jakarta. One person died after a ferry carrying festival attendees sank in the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan on Sunday, rescuers said.

The KM Sely was carrying 47 people and two trucks when it capsized during a routine crossing in Kutai Kartanegara district at around 5:30 a.m., Antara reported.

The party on board the boat was a group of traditional kuda lumping dancers who were headed to perform at an event across the river, according to local rescuers.

One person, a man identified as Sardi, 45, drowned in the incident, which authorities suspect was caused by overloading of the ferry.