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Divers Find Dozens of Bodies in Sunken Indonesian Ferry


An Indonesian official says rescue teams have found the bodies of at least 74 victims of a ferry capsizing nearly two weeks ago.

Witnesses say as many as 200 people were on board the 150-ton KMP Digul when it sank in rough seas July 7 off the port town of Merauke on the province of Papua.

Some of the bodies recovered had washed ashore after the accident. Bad weather has prevented divers from recovering as many as 100 bodies trapped inside the remains of the wreck.

Only 15 people survived the tragedy, including two crew members.

Indonesia is one of the world's largest archipelagos, and relies heavily on marine and river transportation, especially in the less developed islands. Boat accidents are common because of lax enforcement of safety rules.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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