Asylum boat off Indonesian coast sinks, at least 20 dead, 75 missing
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 01:12
Sep. 28 - A boat carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia sinks, killing at least 20 with 75 others still missing. Gavino Garay reports.
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A boat carrying migrants from Indonesia to Australia sank on Saturday, killing at least 20 ... with 75 others still missing.
The boat sank off the south coast of Java.
Twenty-four survivors were transferred to a hotel, Indonesian immigration authorities say.
One survivor, a Lebanese national, says he called Australian search and rescue as they were sinking.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEBANESE NATIONAL, ABDULLAH AL QISI SAYING:
"Yes..yes we called him and we told him we are sinking. We need anybody to help us. Then they told me ok, how many are there of you. I told them 81, 35 children, ok, 35 children. They told me ok, send us the GPS position. I did, twice,"
He says the crew ran away as they made it to shore.
This immigration official notes the migrants' country of origin:
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) SUKABUMI IMMIGRATION STAFF, SAFARI SOMANTRI SAYING:
"They are mostly Lebanese, Iraqi, African and Jordanian."
Police are working to identify the victims.
This marks the latest disaster for migrants seeking refuge in Australia via Indonesia's southern coast.
In the last 12 months, some 400 boats carrying asylum seekers have arrived in Australia.
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