• A minimum of 23 died when the ferry caught fireplace Sunday morning native time
  • Captain questioned over experiences he deserted ship

Divers are nonetheless trying to find 17 folks nonetheless lacking.

“We now have detained the captain of the boat, and at the moment are taking his assertion,” Jakarta’s maritime police director, Hero Hendrianto Bachtiar, told CNN Indonesia.

He added that 5 different folks, together with three crew members and two port authority workers, have been additionally being held in police custody.

At a press convention, Antonius Tonny Budiono, director common for sea transportation on the Indonesian ministry of transport, addressed experiences that the captain was the primary to leap off the Zahro Categorical ferry when it caught fireplace.

“A captain who abandons ship first is not any captain in any respect,” he stated, in line with CNN Indonesia. “A captain’s obligation is to be the final individual off the ship, after all of the passengers have been evacuated.”

He added that the captain would face extreme sanctions, together with the revocation of his crusing allow.

Rescuers search the charred passenger boat.Rescuers search the charred passenger boat.

Divers hunt for lacking

The brand new yr’s day tragedy unfolded a brief distance away from Muara Angke port at 9 a.m. native time.

The boat was on its strategy to the vacationer vacation spot of Pulau Tidung Island in North Jakarta when it caught fireplace. A lot of the 200 plus passengers have been Indonesians celebrating the New Yr’s vacation, in line with native media experiences.

“Tomorrow we’ll deploy 5 divers to search out the lacking passengers. We’ll guarantee if there are nonetheless victims within the waters,” the Ministry of Transport’s director of sea and coast surveillance, Victor Vikki Soebroto, stated at a press convention Sunday night.

Some 194 folks have been saved however 17 are nonetheless lacking, an officer on the Catastrophe Mitigation and Management Operation Middle, Seply Madreta confirmed to Antara, an official news agency.

The reason for the hearth is unknown.