Indonesia: At Least Eight Dead After Boat Sinks Near Central Java

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 15, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

At least eight people drowned when a boat sank in central Indonesia on August 15.

Another 34 people were brought to safety after the wooden boat sank at it traveled from Panjang island to a beach in Central Java province, reported AFP

“Eight people, including two children aged 5 and 7, died in the accident,” said local search and rescue official Agung Hari Prabowo.

Other people may still be missing. 

The boat was overcapacity, Jepara Police Chief Adj. Sr. Comr. M. Taslim Chairudin told the Jakarta Post. Instead of having a maximum of 20 passengers, 47 passengers were on board.

The search was temporarily halted because of darkness. It will continue in the morning on August 16.