Published on : Monday, January 2, 2017
The vessel had been carrying over 230 people from Muara Angke port of Jakarta to Tidung that is a resort island located in the Kepulauan Seribu chain, when it had caught fire.
A majority of the passengers were Indonesians and they were celebrating the holiday of New Year, as revealed by the local media reports.
A official from Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency named Seply Madreta said that the fire had gutted nearly half the vessel. Then, he also added that as many as 22 injured victims had to be rushed to hospitals while 23 bodies were recovered.
The twenty bodies that had been discovered inside the ferry were burnt to the extent that they could not even be recognized.
Thereafter, the bodies were moved to a police hospital for the purpose of identification, according to Colonel Umar Shahab of the health department of Jakarta police.
A search was conducted with the help of 10 ships to find those who were missing, as said by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Some of the witnesses told the media that the fire broke out about 15 minutes after the ferry had left Muara Angke. The cause of the fire is yet to be known. Some of the passengers have informed the media that they had caught sight of the smoke emanating from the engine of the ferry.
One of the passengers also told the media that other passengers were rescued by a small boat.
Officials said that over 230 people were on board the boat. However, the reports indicate that only 100 people were registered as passengers of the ferry. The ferry was also carrying six crewmen, as declared by Denny Haryanto who is the head of the disaster mitigation agency. He said that the captain of the vessel is under police investigation following the incident.