Major fire on Indonesian Passenger ship with 250 passengers on board, rescue in progress

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Ferry SATYA KENCANA IX with 250 passengers on board caught fire in the morning Aug 4 being some 55 nm southwest of southernmost Kalimantan Cape Tanjung Selatan, while en route from Surabaya to Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, Indonesia. Extent of fire unknown, reportedly it’s a major fire, with no firefighting boats or tugs nearby. As of 0600 UTC passengers rescues was still under way, not known yet if all were evacuated, number of jinures/casualties also unknown. Crew managed to bring ship to anchor, according to official statement.

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