One Dead, Dozens Missing After Ferry Sinks in Lake Toba

Relatives cry while waiting for news on missing family members who were on a ferry that sank yesterday in Lake Toba, at Tigaras Port, Simalungun, North Sumatra, Indonesia June 19, 2018. (Reuters Photo/Albert Damanik)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 11:50 PM June 18, 2018
Category : News, Transportation, Disasters

Jakarta. At least one person died and dozen are missing after a ferry carrying 80 passengers reportedly sank in Lake Toba in North Sumatra on Monday afternoon (18/06).

The ferryboat Sinar Bangun was sailing from Samosir district to Simalungun district when it sank near Parapat in Simalungun district at 5.30 p.m., National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said in a statement.

Six people have managed to reach safety.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, while search and rescue operations are hampered by high waves due to bad weather, Sutopo added.

At least three rescue boats are combing the area to search for survivors

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