Bad Weather Hampers Search After Ferry Sinks

Monday, January 12th 2009, 6:09 am
By: News On 6

PAREPARE, Indonesia (AP) - The search for people missing after an Indonesian ferry accident is being hampered by large waves and driving rain.

Officials and witnesses say many passengers were sleeping when the 700-ton ferry sank in a tropical storm off Sulawesi island. About 250 people are feared dead.

One survivor says he tried to keep hold of his 9-year-old son and his father-in-law -- but a big wave hit him and they were gone.

The man says he heard other people screaming for help.

The 21 survivors include the ferry captain, who is being investigated for allegedly ignoring warnings about the dangerous conditions kicked up by the storm.

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