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Ship Goes Missing in Eastern Indonesian Seas


Officials in Indonesia say at least two people are dead and dozens of others missing after a passenger ship carrying about 70 people disappeared in stormy seas off the coast of an eastern Indonesian island.

They say the KM Wahai was on a regular voyage Wednesday to the island of Ambon, the capital of Indonesia's Maluku province. At least 23 survivors have been found as well as the bodies of two dead children.

Officials say the boat's engine failed as it was struggling through rough seas. A search for the boat's passengers is under way.

Ferries are a cheap and widespread means of transportation among Indonesia's 17,000 islands.

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

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