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Crew Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks off Papua

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By MarEx 2016-02-17 12:09:41

Forteen people are missing after the cargo vessel KM Azula capsized off the coast of Papua last weekend.

Indonesia’s Mimika Search and Rescue spokesman said the organization received notice of the casualty on Saturday evening local time. The rescue team located the heavily listing vessel around 20 kilometers from Asmat, but none of the 14 crewmembers were found.

KM Azula was reportedly carrying building materials from Surabaya, and the vessel is believed to have capsized due to the heavy load and poor weather conditions.

The search continues with at least three SAR vessels deployed as well as police and naval support.