Indonesia revises up number missing in Sumatra ferry sinking to 180

128 missing after overloaded ferry sinks in Lake Toba

At least one person has been found dead and 18 others were rescued, authorities said.

It had a 43-passenger capacity, according to the transport ministry.

An Indonesia search and rescue team searches for a ferry which sank Monday in lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. "And after the accident they're not able to find the victims", she said.

"When the boat started to list I jumped into the water and swam as far away as I could", Wibowo said, adding most of those who survived were outside of the main cabin in the front deck.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, and the accident occurred during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The disaster agency retweeted a Twitter post by an official, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, that included video of the rescue effort.

"My sons, my daughter-in-laws and my grandchildren have been the victims of greedy businessmen who just want to take advantage of the holiday season without thinking of people's safety", he said.

The wooden ferry did not have a manifest, so officials were relying on reports from families with missing relatives to calculate the number of people believed to be on board the boat, which was reportedly operating illegally.

Sobbing mother Suwarni pleaded for news of her son and his fiancé, both believed to have been on board.

However, North Sumatra province police chief Paulus Waterpa, said it's possible numerous victims were still inside the sunken ferry.

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Suwarni, whose 20-year-old son and his girlfriend were on the ferry, slammed the search and rescue operation as slow and insufficient.

"I'm so disappointed - there's no progress here".

"We have the coordinates from when it sank, but we need to verify it", said Budiawan, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in Medan. Or, due to the bad weather at the time, they may have been reluctant to leave the ferry by jumping in the 1,145 square kilometres-sized lake.

The island of Samosir has always been a popular tourist destination, set in dark blue waters and surrounded by the steep walls of Toba's green crater, the remains of the world's largest eruption in the past two million years.

An Associated Press reporter on Wednesday morning saw rescuers transferring a body to an ambulance onshore.

It was not clear if any foreigners were aboard the ferry or what had caused the disaster.

Eighteen survivors were picked up soon after the overcrowded ferry sank early Monday evening, as the wind picked up and waters turned rough on the lake.

Traditional vessels - like the one in the Lake Toba disaster - are rarely equipped with enough life preservers and their condition can be dire.

Enforcement of safety standards also tends to be weak.

"He was inside the ferry when the ship sank and could not get out, the ferry quickly capsized".

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