Indonesian boat capsizes, leaving more than a dozen dead and others missing

An overloaded passenger boat capsized off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, resulting in at least 15 deaths and 19 missing individuals.

Incident details: The boat was transporting passengers from Lanto village to Lagili village in Sulawesi when it capsized just after midnight on Monday.
* Local search and rescue agency head Mohammad Arafah revealed that the wooden boat was carrying 40 people, despite a design capacity of only 20.
* By Monday, rescuers had found 15 bodies and rescued six people, with the search for the remaining 19 continuing in rough seas.

Search and rescue: In response to the disaster, three inflatable boats, two fishing boats, and six divers have been deployed to search for the missing.
* TV news footage depicted people on fishing boats retrieving bodies during the night, and anxious relatives awaiting information at a port and local hospital.

A historical problem: Ferry accidents occur frequently in Indonesia, an archipelago with more than 17,000 islands, due to lax safety standards and overcrowding issues.
* In 2018, a ferry carrying around 200 people sank in North Sumatra, resulting in the deaths of 167 people.
* One of the worst recorded disasters was in 1999 when an overly crowded passenger ship sunk, killing 312 out of the 332 people onboard.

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