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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Death Toll at 150 in Ferry Sinking

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia-- Searchers found no more survivors Monday from a sunken ferry off Sumatra and authorities said more than 100 people still missing were now presumed dead, taking the death toll to at least 150.


A rescue official in Sabang, 29 kilometers northwest of Banda Aceh, said 52 people had been confirmed dead Monday after rescuers found one more body.


Lieutenant-Colonel Fikri, commander of the naval base on Sabang island who is coordinating the search, said there was no longer hope of finding more survivors.


Fikri said a German and another unidentified foreigner had been confirmed dead and more than 100 people were missing.


Forty people, including five foreigners, were known to have survived.


The search was resumed early Monday but found no one from the ferry Gurita. It sank Friday night off the northern tip of Sumatra after hitting rocks in seas lashed by strong winds.


Lieutenant Basuki Praktikno said the ferry had been found at a depth of 300 meters.


"Our equipment only enables us to dive to 100 meters," he said. "We are going to stop the search next Friday and by that time the bodies will already be damaged or destroyed."


The Gurita left Banda Aceh on Sumatra on Friday night for Sabang on We island, carrying, according to its official papers, a total of 210 people. Officials said 11 foreigners were on board.


An official said Sunday the bodies of German Manuella Helsmit, 34, and an Irish woman, identified only as Margaret, 32, had been sent to a hospital in Banda Aceh.


The five foreigners rescued are Britons Steve Nicholson, 34, his partner Caroline Harrison, 24, American Margaret Crotty, 23, German Peter Bremmer, 39, and Wong Sun Tai of Taiwan.