15 Jul 2005

Rescue workers recover ten more bodies off Papua

1:59 pm on 15 July 2005

Rescue workers have recovered ten more bodies, after an overloaded ferry capsised in rough seas off the Indonesian province of Papua a week ago.

The Jakarta Post reports that an Indonesian navy warship and several marine divers are on the way to join search attempts to locate those still missing, although officials say the chance of finding anyone alive is slim.

The head of the search and rescue office in Merauke, Sumpeno Yuwono, said ten bodies were discovered by local residents in the beach area of Wambi, about 80km away.

Mr Yuwono said that six of the ten bodies were beyond recognition and were buried right away at a nearby beach.

The four others were evacuated to Merauke for identification.

The discovery brought the total to eleven bodies and fifteen survivors accounted for after the ferry capsized last Thursday night off the southern coast of Papua.