Indonesian rescuers search for 30 missing after ferry fire

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Rescuers were searching yesterday for at least 30 people thought missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java.

The vessel was carrying 277 people from Tanjung Perak port in East Java’s Surabaya when it caught fire late Thursday, said Budi Prasetyo, the head of the local search and rescue agency.

About 247 people were rescued by nearby ships and boats, and rescuers were still searching for 30 others thought to be missing, he said.

A port official, Syahrul Nugroho, said the fire broke out about 11 hours after the ferry left Surabaya for East Kalimantan province’s Balikpapan city.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

A passenger of a ferry that caught fire receives medical treatment after being evacuated, at Tangjung Perak seaport, in Surabaya, East Java. PHOTO: AFP