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Death toll from Indonesia boat sinking rises to 14

August 16, 2013

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from an overloaded boat that sank while Indonesians were performing a traditional ceremony to mark the end of Ramadan rose to 14 after rescuers recovered six more bodies, an official said Friday.

Local disaster mitigation agency head Lulus Suprayitno said that based on reports from relatives at least two passengers were still missing after the accident Thursday off the Central Java’s town of Jepara.

Suprayitno says that the wooden fishing boat with a capacity of 25 was carrying more than 60 people. He says that 25 of the 47 survivors are still hospitalized, while three crew members are being questioned by the police.

Of the six bodies recovered Friday, three were women and two were children aged five and seven years, Suprayitno said. Of the eight bodies recovered Thursday, three were children aged five to eight.

Sea accidents are common in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands, in part because of overcrowding and poor safety standards.

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