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Search Resumes for Missing Indonesian Ferry

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A woman leans against a ferry passenger list as she searches for information about family members who were on board a sunken ferry, at a rescue command post in Siwa, Wajo, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Dec. 21, 2015.

A woman leans against a ferry passenger list as she searches for information about family members who were on board a sunken ferry, at a rescue command post in Siwa, Wajo, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Dec. 21, 2015.

Search and rescue efforts resumed Monday for any remaining survivors from a missing ferry in central Indonesia.

Authorities say 39 people have been rescued alive since the ferry capsized Saturday after it ran into bad weather during a voyage from Kolaka to Siwa, both ports located on Sulawesi province. The boat was overwhelmed by waves as high as five meters.

The boat was carrying more than 100 passengers and crew, including several children. As many as 80 people are still missing. At least three bodies have been recovered. An official with Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management told VOA the recovered bodies were all children.
A military helicopter and several boats have been deployed in the search.

The vast Indonesian archipelago, consisting of more than 17,000 islands, is heavily dependent on ferry services, but the industry has a poor service record and fatal accidents are common.

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