Over 60 rescued from capsized ferry in Bali, Indonesia

Dharma Rucitra III in 2015 (Photo: MarineTraffic.com/putu suardika)

Over 60 people were safely rescued after the ferry they were embarked on capsized in the waters off Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, June 12.

The 72-metre Dharma Rucitra III was manoeuvring to dock at Bali’s Padangbai Port when water ingress was reported in the engine room at around 21:30 local time on Friday.

The water ingress then caused the ferry to list to starboard. The list worsened after the embarked vehicles shifted to one side of the cargo deck, and the already tilting vessel ended up partially submerged just metres away from the dock.

No injuries have been reported among Dharma Rucitra III‘s 48 passengers and 17 crew, all of whom were safely evacuated by responding rescue teams.

Local authorities say the water ingress was the result of a hull breach suffered by the ferry after it made bottom contact while it was manoeuvring to dock.

State-owned gas company Pertamina has deployed a tug to aid in refloating the ferry.

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