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Body of captain retrieved from Indonesia's sunken ferry, death toll rises to 5

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-03-06 15:12
JAKARTA -- Rescuers on Sunday took the body of captain out from a ship that sank on Friday in Bali Strait, bringing the total casualty of the sea incident to 5, rescuer said.

"Today (Sunday) the body of the captain was found inside the ship in seabed. We have also discovered four other bodies," Head of Search and Rescue Office in Bali Didi Hanzar told Xinhua by phone from the scene.

The discovery led the authorities plan to terminate the search and rescue operation as all the people on board have been found, Mr. Hanzar added.

He said that 76 people have been evacuated in the Indonesia's ferry capsizal with dozens of them suffering from injury as they jumped into the waters.

"As all the victims have been found, the head of national search and rescue office plans to close the operation today (Sunday)," Hanzar said.

The head said that the ferry was over loaded and it should load 37 passengers and 14 crews, the fact that the rescuers have found 81 victims of the sea incident.

The Ferry, Rafelia II, was capsized when it was leaving Gilimanuk port in Bali for Ketapang port in East Java's Banyuwangi district.

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