UPDATE: 161 MISSING PASSENGERS FROM IRIAN JAYA FERRY SINKING PRESUMED DEAD,

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75 SURVIVE

MERAUKE, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (November 3, 1999 – Jakarta Post)---After an extensive two-week search, officials said on Tuesday the remaining 161 passengers on a ship which sank October 18 are still missing and presumed dead.

The Bimas Raya II ferry, latest reports indicate, was carrying 436 passengers and a crew of 28.

The head of the rescue team, Bambang Riswanto, said there were 75 survivors.

He said the team discovered 200 bodies at the scene of the accident and along the coast near Komolon and Kumbis beaches.

"Most of the corpses could not be identified because they were already decomposed. Only those carrying IDs could be identified," he said.

Among the passengers were 25 people from Senggo, 114 from Atsy, 24 from Kimam, eight from Haju, six from Paniai Kasuari and 259 from Asgon Port.

KABAR IRIAN ("Irian News") Website: http://www.irja.org/ 

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