At least seven people died and 11 are missing following the sinking of passenger ferry KMP Yunice off the coast of Bali, the Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said this morning.
Gede Darmada, who heads Basarnas Bali, said in a statement that KMP Yunice had 57 passengers and crew on board, and was headed for Bali’s Gilimanuk Port from Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, East Java yesterday evening. The accident reportedly occurred when the ferry tried to dock, but it was swept away by tides and tipped over to the side before it sank.
The latest numbers were compiled as of 9am today, Darmada said, adding that 39 people were rescued. Basarnas Bali is still compiling passengers data from multiple sources, alluding to other reports citing different numbers of people on board the vessel.
Videos taken from Gilimanuk Port have circulated widely on social media since last night, showing the rescue efforts as they unfolded, while several other footage depicted the dead victims just moments after their bodies were recovered.
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As of this morning, Basarnas Bali said search and rescuers are still focused on sweeping the sea surface.
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