Indonesia identifies location of sunken ferry

June 24, 2018 - 11:40 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The chief of Indonesia's national search and rescue agency says it has identified the location of a ferry that sunk in a deep volcanic crater lake a week ago with some 200 people aboard.

Syaugi, who uses one name, said in a television interview Monday that Indonesia needs international help to recover the wreckage. A statement Sunday from the agency had said an object that was possibly the ferry was at a depth of 490 meters (1,607 feet).

More than 180 people are presumed drowned from the June 17 sinking of the overcrowded ferry in rough weather. Officials say many of the dead are likely trapped inside the vessel.

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