Ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba, at least one dead, dozens missing

1 dead dozens missing in Lake Toba boat accident

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Twitter that initial estimates were that 80 people were on board but there was no passenger manifest and the number may range from 70 to 130.

Search and rescue workers are seen on a boat used in the search for passengers from the Sinar Bangun ferry that sank in Lake Toba in Simalungun, North Sumatra, Indonesia June 19, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

He said 18 people have been rescued so far and one death was confirmed after the accident on Lake Toba, which comes at the end of holidays marking the Muslim holy month.

Later, the local police chief said that the evacuation has been halted due to bad weather.

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It was not immediately clear whether any foreigners were among the passengers, most of whom were believed to be holidaymakers enjoying the country's 12-day-long Eid al-Fitr holiday. "The conditions are better than last night", said Sri Hardianto, an official at Indonesia's transport ministry.

Video footage provided by the agency showed people on another ferry throwing life preservers and life jackets to several people in the water.

Last week a longboat carrying around 43 people sank off Makassar on Sulawesi island, leaving 13 dead, and a speedboat carrying 30 passengers sank off South Sumatra, killing at least two.

The 1145-square-kilometre Lake Toba, formed out of an ancient super volcano, is a popular sightseeing destination on the island of Sumatra.

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