JAKARTA, July 4 (JDN.id) – At least 31 people died after a passenger ferry boat deliberately sank in Selayar waters in Bulukumba regency, South Sulawesi on Tuesday, an Indonesian government official told JDN.id on Wednesday.
Marsudi, a spokesman for National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), said there were 164 people on board when the ferry boat Lestari Maju departed from Bira Port in Bulukumba regency to Pamatata Port in Selayar Islands regency, according to the vessel’s manifest.
“Water was entering the ferry boat because of bad weather and the captain decided to run aground the vessel deliberately to make the evacuation of passengers easy,” Agus Purnomo, the director general of sea transportation said in a statement on Tuesday.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi visited the survivors and promised that the government will give them compensation allowances.
In June, a passenger wooden boat sank in Lake Toba, North Sumatra. More than 150 people are still missing and presumed to be inside the sinking boat.
The victims search operations officially ended on Monday.