Indonesian ship fire leaves 23 dead and 17 missing

No less than 23 individuals were killed and 17 others missing after a ship burst into flames on Sunday off the shore of Indonesia's capital Jakarta, authorities said.

The vessel was conveying more than 230 individuals from Jakarta's port of Muara Angke to Tidung, a resort island in the Kepulauan Seribu chain, when it burst into flames, authorities said. A large portion of the travelers were Indonesians commending the New Year's vacation, as per neighborhood media reports.

Seply Madreta, an authority from the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the fire gutted around a large portion of the vessel. He said in regards to 22 harmed casualties were hurried to healing facilities, and 23 bodies had been recuperated.

Twenty bodies that were found inside the vessel were singed to the point of being unrecognizable and were exchanged to a police clinic for recognizable proof, said Colonel Umar Shahab of the Jakarta police's wellbeing office.

An inquiry including around 10 boats was under approach to discover the individuals who were feeling the loss of, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

Witnesses told MetroTV that the fire broke out around 15 minutes after the ship left Muara Angke. The reason for the fire was not instantly clear. A few travelers told nearby media they first observed smoke originating from the ship's motor.

Television footage indicated individuals in the water with the ship on fire out of sight. A lady in the water could be heard shouting "Ya Allah! Ya Allah!" or "Goodness God! Gracious God!"

Another lady told the TV station that she and different travelers were protected by a little vessel.

Authorities said more than 230 individuals were on board the ship, yet the show demonstrated that exclusive 100 were enrolled as travelers, alongside six crew members, said Denny Wahyu Haryanto, leader of the calamity alleviation office. He said the vessel's skipper was under police examination over the episode.
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