JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) A passenger boat overloaded with people heading home to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families capsized Wednesday off Indonesia‘s Sulawesi island, killing at least 13, a rescue official said.
The Arista was traveling from Paotere port in South Sulawesi province to the nearby island of Barrang Lompo near Makassar, the provincial capital, when it capsized after being battered by a 3-meter (10-foot) wave, said Amiruddin of the local search and rescue agency.
Rescuers recovered at least 13 bodies from the choppy waters, including four children, and were searching for eight others who were reportedly still missing, Amiruddin said. He said no more victims had been found despite improved weather conditions and extra boats joining the search.
Television videos showed grieving relatives waiting for news of their loved ones at Barrang Lompo’s port and a nearby navy hospital.
Rescuers recovered three bodies and there were 27 survivors, he said.
Boats and ferries are popular means of transportation in the archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands. Accidents due to overcrowding and poor safety standards are common.