Search for missing people in Lake Toba (Source: Xinhua)
 
Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian search and rescue team using an underwater drone on June 29 found many human bodies and motorcycles in a ferry believed to be KM Sinar Bangun that sank in Lake Toba on June 18.

Video footage taken on June 28 showed human bodies and motorcycles from the ferry at a depth of 450 metres.

The ferry sank on June 18 as it was sailing from Samosir, a volcanic island in the middle of Lake Toba to Parapat town. Three died in the accident while 193 are missing, including children. Only 18 passengers were rescued. Most of the passengers were holidaymakers enjoying the country's 12-day-long Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The boat carried the number of passengers five times more than its capacity, along with dozens of motorcycles, officials said.

Spreading an area of nearly 1,200 sq.km, the tourist attraction of Lake Toba has depth up to 500m.

The accident is said to be one of the worst waterway tragedies in Indonesia, where ferry accidents are common as the country is an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands.

Traditional vessels like the one in the Lake Toba disaster are often packed beyond capacity and lacking safety equipment. -VNA