9 missing after cargo ship capsized off of northern Bali

A rescue operation for the missing crew members is still ongoing. Photo: Basarnas Bali
A rescue operation for the missing crew members is still ongoing. Photo: Basarnas Bali

Nine people have been declared missing after cargo ship KM Liberty I sank off of Bali’s north coast over the weekend, as authorities continue their search today.

Six people have been rescued from the incident, which had occurred on Saturday, the Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in Bali said in a statement shared with Coconuts.

“[The ship] capsized after it was hit by a storm in waters off of northern Bali,” Basarnas Bali Chief, Gede Darmada, said.

The vessel started its journey a little after midnight on Friday from Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, and was headed to Reo Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

Authorities said that KM Liberty I attempted to change course from the east to the west, but it tilted too heavily towards one side before it eventually sank.

“All crew members jumped and tried to rescue themselves with life jackets, while deploying two life rafts,” Darmada said.

Basarnas Bali said today that no other crew members have been found as of this morning, as the search operation continues.

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