A few days ago, a ferry traveling from Bali to Java capsized, with reports so far of one person dead and 71 rescued. We just heard this news last night on an Indonesian news channel, but had trouble sussing out all of the details due to the broadcast being in Indonesian. Today, we found an English article from Maritime News about the ferry capsizing in the Bali Strait. According to the article, while 71 people have been rescued, (the abc article linked to above lists the deceased) and at least 10 remain missing. More alarming than that, however, is that no one knows how many are actually missing since they don’t know how many people were on the ferry to start with! This is upsetting on many levels, but since tickets are issued at purchase, it would seem that conducting a passenger count would be a routine practice …?
The news of this ferry capsize struck us especially because just months before, Sam and I took this same ferry route, only going the other way: from Java to Bali.
We cannot imagine how the loved ones of the deceased and those still missing must be feeling right now. Our prayers go out to them.