Indonesia’s Hazardous Water Transport

On June 18, the ferry V Sinar Bangun, carrying 188 holiday-making passengers and crew, was just 22 minutes out of Simanindo Harbor on Lake Toba, Indonesia’s largest lake, when it was hit by heavy winds and rain. Sinar Bangun swayed three times and suddenly capsized to starboard, with screaming passengers fighting to get off the doomed vessel. Multiple people were crushed or trampled, witnesses said. Ultimately, more than 170 were believed to have drowned.

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