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Rescuers Search for Shipwreck Victims off Indonesia


Rescue workers in Indonesia are searching for passengers of a ship that capsized in stormy seas off the coast of Maluku.

Thirty-three of the ship's passengers and crew have been rescued. Authorities have confirmed two deaths, and estimate that about 60 passengers were on board. Bad weather is making it difficult to find the other missing passengers.

Officials say the ship's engine failed as it was struggling through rough seas before dawn Wednesday.

They say the K.M. Wahai was on a regular voyage to the island of Ambon, the capital of Indonesia's Maluku province.

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

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