A passenger ship caught fire in the waters off North Maluku province in Indonesia and all the 200 onboard were rescued safely, a senior disaster agency official said.
The incident took place on Saturday when the KM Karya Indah ship was reaching its destination of Sanana seaport in the island of Limafatola in Kepulauan Sula district, Ahmad Sangadji, head of the emergency unit of the disaster management agency.
The fire triggered panic among the passengers, he said. “All the people on board the ship were saved and they have been sent to the nearby island,” Sangadji added.
The ship departed from a sea port in Ternate city of the province. A team from the local search and rescue office and volunteers were involved in the rescue operation, spokesman of the National Search and Rescue Office Yusuf Latief said.
Videos sent by the agency showed thick smoke coming out from the ferry, while some of the people with life jackets jumped into the sea, with rescuers struggling to save them.