15 more rescued from migrant ship off Indonesia

AP News
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 8:53 AM
15 more rescued from migrant ship off Indonesia

Officials say 15 more people have been rescued after their overcrowded ship carrying asylum seekers sank off Indonesia, bringing the number of survivors to 49. About 200 others are still missing and feared dead.

Rescue agency chief Sutrisno says a tugboat picked up 13 foreigners on Sunday in waters about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the site of the sinking.

He said Monday that fishermen separately found two Indonesians on a small island about 65 miles (100 kilometers) away. It was unclear whether they were crewmen of the sunken ship.

The ship carrying asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Turkey sank off Java on Saturday.

Survivors said they were trying to reach Australia when a 15-foot (three-meter) wave slammed into their ship.