Search and rescue in Toba lake (Source: AFP)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Indonesian authorities said on June 25 that they have pinpointed the location of vessel KM Sinar Bangun that sank a week ago in Lake Toba, one of the world’s deepest lakes.

In a television interview, head of the national search and rescue agency Muhammad Syaugi said Indonesia needs assistance from the international community to recover the wreckage.

A day earlier, the agency said it has found an object like the ship at a depth of 490m.

The vessel sank on June 18 as it sailed 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.

The search and rescue efforts have involved about 400 people as the lake has a surface area of nearly 1,145 sq.km and 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.-VNA