08 Feb '11, 5am

225 rescued in Indonesian ferry fire

225 rescued in Indonesian ferry fire

JAKARTA, Indonesia: More than 200 passengers have been rescued from an Indonesian ferry that caught fire early Tuesday off the coast of the country's capital, Jakarta, the transport ministry said. The ferry, which was travelling to Batam island, south of Singapore, was 26 kilometres north of Jakarta when the blaze broke out at 3:35 am (2035 GMT Monday), ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said. The fire was extinguished about 90 minutes later, he added. "All 225 passengers on board the Selvia were rescued," Ervan told AFP, adding the government has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. A passenger who was travelling with her young son told local television she was asleep when an explosion occurred. "I was woken up by a loud explosion at about 3:00 am and I heard people saying that the engine has blown up," Kurnia said. "I saw thick smoke and rushed to find a l...

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