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Indonesia Rescues 114 Survivors From Sunken Ferry, 1 Person Dies


Indonesia's navy has rescued 114 people from a ferry that sank in rough seas off eastern Indonesia, but dozens of passengers are feared missing, and one survivor died in a hospital.

The passenger vessel was traveling from Kupang on Timor island to Rote island when it ran intro trouble Tuesday night.

The boat's manifest showed about 100 passengers and crew were on board, but officials say more people may have boarded without paying for tickets.

Indonesian rescuers called off the search for more survivors at dusk Wednesday because of bad weather, but plan to resume operations Thursday.

Many passengers who were picked up from the sea were wearing life jackets, but others were found hanging on to debris.

Ferry travel is common between Indonesia's many islands, but accidents often occur because of overcrowding and poor enforcement of safety standards.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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