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Indonesia agency revises number of missing in Sumatra ferry sinking to 180

Budiawan, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency in Medan, said 18 survivors were found and two bodies had been recovered on Monday evening.

Rescue teams continue to search for victims at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra early on 19 June 2018 after a boat overturned and rescue operations were halted due to a bad weather on 18 June. Picture: AFP

TIGARAS - Indonesia’s search and rescue agency has revised up the number of passengers missing after a ferry sank in Lake Toba on Sumatra island this week to 180 from around 130 estimated earlier, an official from the agency told Reuters on Wednesday.

The new figure for the number missing is three times the ferry’s capacity. Budiawan, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) in Medan, said 18 survivors were found and two bodies had been recovered on Monday evening.

“Based on the data, we’re searching for 180 people,” said Budiawan, adding that more people had come forward to say that others were missing.