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Boat carrying 93 migrant workers capsizes in Batam, 21 die

Nov 02. 2016
Residents watch a save and rescue boat depart to look for survivors of the deadly capsized boat accident on Nongsa waters in Batam on Tuesday morning.
Residents watch a save and rescue boat depart to look for survivors of the deadly capsized boat accident on Nongsa waters in Batam on Tuesday morning.
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By The Jakarta Post
Asia News Network

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A speedboat carrying 93 Indonesian migrant workers returning from Johor Bahru, Malaysia, capsized off Nongsa waters in Batam on Wednesday morning.

At least 38 passengers survived the accident that killed at least 21 others, while the remaining 34 passengers were missing, according to data from the health post at Tanjung Bemban in Batam.

One of the survivors, Haryanto, 51, told The Jakarta Post that the boat departed from Selingi, Johor Bahru, at 3 a.m. heading to Batam.

"After two hours of sailing, the boat was struck by strong waves and heavy downpour," he said.

A search and rescue team has been deployed to find more survivors in the accident.

Riau Islands Police chief Brig. Gen. Sambudi Gusdian said that police investigated those responsible for the accident, suspecting that the boat was reportedly overloaded and the trip was organized illegally.

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