Indonesian customs boat catches fire, killing 7

AP News
Posted: Jul 16, 2011 3:08 AM
Indonesian customs boat catches fire, killing 7

Rescuers in western Indonesia have pulled seven bodies from the sea after a customs boat burst into flames during its routine patrol.

Belawan port authority official Hendra Pranoto says the fire broke out late Friday in waters off North Sumatra island.

Rescuers recovered a body of a crew member late Friday and six other bodies of customs officers early Saturday, and rushed two survivors to a nearby hospital.

Pranoto says an investigation is under way to determine what triggered the blaze, but survivors told investigators that it appears the fire started in the engine before the boat carrying nine men sank in bad weather.