Posted on June 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian ferry, Aram Jaya that was serving the Madura-Kalianget line capsized in the evening of June the 17th while transiting off Java, Indonesia. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and at least four remain missing.
The incident occurred at approximately 07:00 pm in the evening while the ship was sailing off Giliyang Isle.
According to the East Java police spokesman, Frans Barung Mangera, the vessel capsized due to the adverse weather conditions in the area. Specifically, authorities believe that the ship started to sink after being struck by a series of large waves.
Search and Rescue vessels were immediately dispatched to the area and were assisted by local fishermen that had been operating in the region.
They managed to save over 39 people but unfortunately, five remain missing.
The bodies of 17 people have been recovered, which unfortunately include among them the bodies of four children.
The remaining survivors have been taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A joint team comprising of personnel from the local Search & Rescue (Basarnas), Water Police, Military & the Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) still continue to search for the four missing passengers.