29 die after school-going students’ boat capsizes in Indonesia

Written by Staff Writer By Staff Writer Staff Writer (CNN) — At least 29 people have died after a boat carrying students from Nigeria to a higher education institute in Indonesia capsized, officials said….

29 die after school-going students' boat capsizes in Indonesia

Written by Staff Writer By Staff Writer Staff Writer

(CNN) — At least 29 people have died after a boat carrying students from Nigeria to a higher education institute in Indonesia capsized, officials said.

According to Central Sulawesi Governor Hilary Jayong Sall, 14 other people were reported missing. The boat left the city of Paniai Friday and was expected to arrive at Ketapang, the capital of West Sulawesi province, Saturday.

Jayong Sall said the boat was carrying about 40 people, one of whom had yet to be accounted for.

Boat accidents are not uncommon in Indonesia, where overcrowding is common.

In November, a boat carrying students from Gunung Belitung parish church in the city of Yogyakarta capsized. At least 26 people were killed.

In March 2012, 22 people drowned and dozens were injured when a ferry carrying about 20,000 passengers overran its speed limit in rough seas.

Several boats are available for sightseeing in Indonesia, but they operate on a largely unregulated basis. According to Transport Ministry regulations, all boats will be required to carry at least six passengers, although officials say many do not comply.

According to CNN Indonesia’s contributing editor Inan Demir, the country’s only maritime hospital does not have the capacity to treat many of the victims of accidents.

This article was written by CNN’s Staff Writer Jacob Summers. TM & © 2011 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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