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2 Jan, 2007 01:56

400 people missing, 200 survive Indonesian ferry tragedy

400 people missing, 200 survive Indonesian ferry tragedy

In Indonesia, more than 400 people are still missing 3 days after a ferry capsized in the Java Sea. At least 200 people have survived, according to the Indonesian Health Ministry. The ferry sank during a violent storm on Friday.

Survivors were plucked from the sea after clinging on to debris. Some were found on beaches after managing to swim to shore.

Although confirmed deaths are still in single figures, officials said dozens of bodies had been spotted along Java's coastline.

Ships and ferries are a popular means of transport in Indonesia, but safety standards are rarely enforced.