Rescuers save six, fears for scores more as latest asylum tragedy unfolds

A cargo ship has plucked six asylum seekers from the ocean south-west of the Indonesian island of Java this morning as the captain prepared to abandon the search for their stricken boat.

But there are fears scores more, including children, have died, with the crew of the refugees’ vessel reporting 150 people were on board when the vessel sank.

We find six survivors. At the last moment when I was thinking to abort, I heard some noises, and we spotted them in the water.

Screams and whistles alerted the crew of bulk carrier APL Bahrain as it searched the notorious Sunda Strait early today after a distress signal was issued yesterday.

via Rescuers save six, fears for scores more as latest asylum tragedy unfolds.

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