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Indonesia Ferry Sinks, Killing 12

JAKARTA, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Twelve people were killed Saturday and scores were missing when a ferry sank off eastern Indonesia, officials said.

The Windu Karsa ferry sank just after midnight after leaving the town of Bajo in South Sulawesi, China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported.

A spokesman for the Search and Rescue Office at Southeast Sulawesi said many people were feared missing.

“People keep coming and asking for their family members or relatives who they said had traveled by the ferry. But we still could not figure out the exact number of the missing persons,” Surajad, who goes by one name, told Xinhua.

The passenger manifest indicates 96 people were on board, “but the actual number of people on board is normally much higher than that stipulated in the manifest,” Surajad said.

Ninety-three people have been accounted for and survivors were brought to local hospitals, the report said.

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