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Latest update : 2010-08-09

A passenger boat with around 50 people on board capsized in stormy waters off eastern Indonesia Monday, killing at least 10 people, according to police officials. Dozens of passengers are still missing.

AFP - At least 10 people were killed and dozens are missing after a passenger boat went down in waters off eastern Indonesia on Monday, police said.

"The mishap happened this morning at 9:00am (0100 GMT) as it only sailed for two miles from the seashore," Abdul Rahma Aba, the police chief in Adonara Timur district, told the national TV One station.

He said there were around 50 people on the vessel travelling from the Adonara Timur to Lembata on Flores island, in East Nusa Tenggara province.

"The boat was struck by high waves, causing panic among passengers, before it capsized," he said, adding that at least eight people had been found alive.

Date created : 2010-08-09

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