Posted on July 04, 2018 by Hannah Berry
The number of passengers dead in the latest Indonesian ferry tragedy has risen to 34 after the KMP Lestari Maju ferry sank off the coast of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province on Tuesday 3rd July.
The ferry had 139 passengers onboard and was only 300 meters from shore when it encountered bad weather conditions at 2.30pm whilst heading towards Selayar Island.
The vessel was deliberately grounded in an effort to save all those onboard, but despite the valiant effort of the captain and crew a number of passengers did lose their lives.
The initial rescue efforts were originally hampered as the bad weather being experienced in the region meant that larger boats were unable to help with the rescue and it was left to a flotilla of smaller vessels to assist those in danger.
This latest tragedy has occurred only days after a boat sank in Lake Toba in North Sumatra, killing at least eight people and leaving around 190 others missing. It has been alleged that the vessel was overloaded at the time of the incident.