24 August 2013, 09:51

Six killed, 184 rescued after ship catches fire off Indonesia's Sumatra island

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Rescuers were searching for seven people still missing after a ship caught fire off Indonesia's Sumatra island, a disaster management official said Saturday.

At least 184 people were rescued from the Express Bahari after it caught fire while sailing from Bangka island to Belitung island, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

The fire was believed to have been caused by a burning cigarette thrown by a passenger, he said.

Voice of Russia, dpa

 

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