19 Dec '11, 3am

13 people found alive near capsized Indonesian migrant boat

13 people found alive near capsized Indonesian migrant boat

An Indonesian police carries a young survivor while officials transfer them to an immigration office, in Watulimo on Dec 18, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP WATULIMO, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian rescuers found 13 people alive on Monday 100km from where a boat capsized, raising hopes of more survivors among 200 missing asylum seekers who were en route to Australia. 'Thirteen people were found alive but in weak condition. Rescuers found them in a dinghy in the waters off the island Nusa Barong and took them to shore,' Trenggalek district search and rescue official Kelik Purwanto told AFP. 'We are still trying to establish if they were victims of the capsized migrant boat on Saturday.' The fibreglass vessel had a capacity of 100 but was carrying about 250 migrants - mostly Afghans and Iranians - when it sank on Saturday, 40 nautical miles off eastern Java. Photo gallery Please enable Ja...

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