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20 Dead and 21 Still Missing from Party of 49 People on Wedding Cruise from Madura to North Bali
A local boat sailing from the East Java island of Madura carrying a wedding party of 49 destined for North Bali sunk on Monday, October 6, 2014. The boat that lost power and went down near Situbondo, East Java, sent the 49 passengers into the sea. Search and rescue workers on the fifth day after the accident counted 8 passengers rescued alive, 20 dead bodies recovered from the waters and 21 passengers still missing at sea.

Counted among the 20 confirmed dead were five children ranging in age from 2.5-years to 7-years. Among the 8 people rescued alive include the ship’s captain and 7 other adult passengers. All the passengers sailing on the boat originated from the village of Telango Tenga, Brakas in Madura part of a wedding party for bridegroom Ahmad Yani Bin Mupaher (22) who was engaged to be married with a woman from Pemuteran, North Bali.

According to NusaBali, when the ship was sinking one mile to the south of Takat Mas Island, a member of the crew managed to alert people ashore by climbing the ship’s mast and using his hand phone to call a relative in Madura.

source : bali discovery tours

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