Ferry sinks off Indonesia with 60 missing

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A passenger ferry with more than 150 people on board sank off the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia after being pounded by waves 10 feet (3 meters) high, says an Indonesian official from Ambon.

At least eight people are dead and 60 are missing, although dozens of others were rescued.

“The ship packed with people who were heading home for the Christmas holidays capsized after running into stormy weather Wednesday,” said transportation official, Nus Sileti.

Sileti said seven bodies have been hauled from the water and about another 80 people were rescued in their search.

This incident is the second reported shipping disaster in Indonesia in less than a week.

On Saturday, a ship with asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran sank off Java island. Over 200 people are believed to have drowned.

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