Overloading and bad weather are being blamed for the grounding and subsequent sinking of the inter-island ferry LCT Pancar Indah at Gilimanuk Harbor, West Bali, on Wednesday night, July 2, 2014.
The ferry departed the East Java port of Ketapang between 9:00-10:00 p.m. on July 2nd carrying 16 trucks, around 26 passengers and 13 ship’s crew.
Radar Bali reports that the ferry was unstable and overloaded when departing Ketapang, with the ship listing badly to starboard. The listing of the ship reportedly worsened as the short voyage across the straits proceeded.
When the ship was only 150 meters from its Bali landing point at Gilimanuk, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the ship seemed to be in danger of tipping over, resulting in a a general panic on board the ship as passengers and crew sought to save themselves.
Passengers evacuated the ship, boarding another nearby vessel, before it sank at approximately 11:15 p.m.
The cause of the sinking continuing while plans are developed to refloat the shipm now sitting on sea bottom at a 35 degree angle and still visible from the shore line.
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