11 dead as boat sinks off Indonesia's Bali island

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Posted: Sep 21, 2011 12:05 AM
11 dead as boat sinks off Indonesia's Bali island

Indonesian police say a wooden boat carrying dozens of Balinese musicians has sunk in high waves, killing 11 people.

Rescuers are scouring the waters for 14 others still missing, including the captain.

Col. Agus Doeta Soepranggono says members of a traditional percussion troupe were heading Wednesday from Bali to the nearby island of Nusa Penida to perform at a cremation ceremony when their vessel capsized a half-hour into the journey.

Accidents at sea are common in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands, in part because of overcrowding and poor safety standards.