14 Killed After Indonesian Passenger Boat Carrying 240 Catches Fire

26 October 2022 01:39

At least fourteen people were killed following a passenger boat carrying two hundred forty people caught fire off southern Indonesia on Monday.

The fire took place when the K-M Express Cantika 77 carrying 230 passengers and 10 crew members was headed to kalabahi from Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara Province.

The national search and rescue agency says rescuers from the Kupang search and rescue agency and nearby vessels recovered 226 survivors and fourteen people were confirmed dead.

Ferry and boat tragedies are common in Indonesia where ferries are often used for transport and the safety is lax.

In 2018 at least 167 people died after an overcrowded ferry carrying about two hundred people on board sank in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra Province.