The death toll from an Indonesian ferry sinking has risen to 18. The overloaded passenger boat was carrying more than 60 people when it overturned yesterday in rough seas near Madura island, off Java's north coast.
Indonesia's search and rescue agency said, 18 people had died, including several children, with 39 survivors. They said, a fleet of rescue vessels, a plane and local fishing boats are searching the waters for at least four others still missing.
East Java Police spokesman said, the boat was hit by a large wave, overturned and sank. Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands, where many use ferries and other boats to travel despite poor safety standards.