28 Jan '11, 2am

At least 9 people died when a fire broke out on an Indonesian ferry

At least 9 people died when a fire broke out on an Indonesian ferry

Rescuers carry a ferry fire survivor at port in Merak, Banten province, Indonesia. -- PHOTO: AP MERAK (Indonesia) - AT LEAST 11 people were killed when a fire broke out overnight on an Indonesian ferry with more than 400 people on board, the transport ministry said on Friday. The ferry caught fire in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, about three kilometres from the port of Merak at the westernmost tip of Java, at around 3.30am. '11 people have been killed, and 427 people have survived. We don't know how many people are missing, hopefully there are none,' Transport Ministry director for maritime passenger services Wiratno, who goes by one name, said. 'The fire has gone and the ferry is now located at the coast of Anyer beach nearby.' The survivors jumped into the sea wearing life jackets and were picked up by boats, he added. Many of them were transf...

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