Indonesian rescuers search for 26 after boat cap size

The map shows the location of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia on May 28, 2022, when a boat with 43 people was taken prisoner off the island. (Google Maps)

Makassar, Indonesia — Indonesian rescue teams were looking for 26 missing people on Saturday after a boat with 43 people on board off Sulawesi, search and rescue agencies said.

The motorboat, which left the port of Paotere in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, was missing the next day because it could not reach its destination, local media reported.

The rescued passengers were put on a tugboat and taken to the Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan and the Geneponto in South Sulawesi, said Junaidi, chief of the South Sulawesi search and rescue agency, on Saturday.

Officials said the accident was attributed to fuel shortages and bad weather.

“We have confirmed that the boat has sunk in the search area,” said Djunaidi. “We received information that 17 people were found and saved by passing through a tugboat.”

The Indonesian Meteorological Agency warned Thursday that there were waves up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) in the Makassar Strait area, which could pose a safety risk.



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