Seven Indonesians drowned after an overloaded boat capsized due to vacationers making an attempt a selfie in a reservoir on Java island, police stated Sunday.
The accident occurred when all 20 passengers instantly moved to the one aspect of the vessel to take a gaggle photograph on Saturday within the Boyolali regency, stated Central Java police chief Ahmad Lutfi.
“The cause of the accident was overcapacity,” Mr. Lutfi instructed reporters. “The 20 people took a selfie on the right side then the boat lost balance and flipped.”
Police added that 11 individuals had been rescued however seven had been discovered useless. Rescuers had been looking for two individuals nonetheless lacking.
Authorities stated they’ll look into whether or not there was negligence by these managing the boat rides on the reservoir.
Mr. Lutfi stated that the boat was helmed by a 13-year-old.
Boat accidents are frequent in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of round 17,000 islands, resulting from lax security requirements.
In April, rescuers had been rushed to search out 17 fishermen after two boats collided in West Java. Three had been discovered useless and 13 had been nonetheless lacking when the search ended.
And in January final yr, 10 individuals went lacking after a ship carrying 20 migrant staff to neighbouring Malaysia capsized off the coast of Sumatra island.
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