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Ship with migrants sinks off Indonesia

2011-12-17 21:50

Jakarta - A media report says an overcrowded ship carrying more than 200 migrants from the Middle East has sunk off Indonesia's Java island.

The official Antara news agency said the wooden ship with a capacity 100 passengers sank on Saturday off the coast of Prigi in eastern Java.

It quoted Agus Sudarto, an official of the local government, as saying that just 25 people had been rescued so far by fishermen and were in critical condition at hospital.

They were from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, Antara said, adding that according to fishermen, the ship capsized about 32km off the coast.

Indonesia's thousands of islands and kilometres of unpatrolled coastline have made it a key transit point for smuggling migrants. Many are trying to reach Australia.

Comments
  • Amanda - 2011-12-18 03:25

    On their way to welfare benefits in Australia. Free everything for anyone with a sob story. Notice that these so called refugees are all Muslim, and have passed through numerous Muslim countries - safe refuges - so they can make their way to their economic target, Australia.

  • Cristina - 2011-12-18 15:35

    Even Turks?? and Saudis????..why not apply for a visa..simple and plain..but its a pity what happended, people losing their lives this way..

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