15 dead, 19 missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia - The Hindu

A tragic incident unfolded on Monday, July 24, 2023, as a ferry sank off the coast of Sulawesi island in Indonesia, resulting in at least 15 fatalities and leaving 19 people missing. According to the local office of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, the boat was carrying 40 individuals when the unfortunate incident occurred just after midnight local time (1700 GMT on Sunday).

The search and rescue operation is underway to locate the missing passengers and provide aid to the survivors. The incident has cast a pall of grief over the affected community and has prompted authorities to investigate the cause of the ferry’s sinking.

The safety of maritime travel remains a significant concern in the region, and incidents like these serve as a solemn reminder of the importance of stringent safety measures and oversight to prevent further tragedies. As the rescue efforts continue, families and loved ones anxiously await news of their missing relatives, hoping for a swift and successful resolution to this devastating event.