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Indonesian ferry sinks in storm

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A search operation is under way after a ferry carrying about 250 passengers and 17 crew sank in a storm in central Indonesia, officials say.

The ferry was travelling from the west coast of Sulawesi island to the city of Samarinda on Indonesia's side of Borneo island, when it hit tropical storms that battered and sunk the vessel.

Indonesia's transport minister told Reuters that 150 people had been taken off the ferry, but said he did not know if they were dead or alive.

This footage, aired on local TV, apparently shows 17 passengers and one crew member who survived the incident recovering from the ordeal.

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