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Harta Rimba Ship Sinks February 6, 1999

The Harta Rimba Carge Ship Sinks Killing 325 People, Reports Claimed They Had No License To Carry Passengers

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Harta Rimba Ship Sinks February 6, 1999

The Harta Rimba Ship sinks killing 325 people. Some reports claimed they had no license to carry passengers. The vessel was transporting around 320-350 passengers as well as a load of cargo, mostly timber.

A crew member. Mr. Hermanto said he distributed 200 life jackets to those on board after the ship started to fill with water. Others were ordered to cling to blocks of wood and drums to stay afloat.

The Harta Rimba, a 100-foot-long wooden ship, which had more than 300 people on board when it went down in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The sinking discovered by a passing cargo ship who picked up 19 survivors floating at sea for two days in the shark-infested waters.

The ferry sank 70 miles west of Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on the huge island of Borneo.

The 147-ton vessel was carrying mainly workers for a logging company from Pontianak to the Sumatran port of Pakanbaru.

A Pontianak port official said the captain was among those rescued, he said the Harta Rimba was drifting, with its engines out of action, when it was hit by a huge wave.

But one of the survivors told reporters the seas were calm when the ship foundered. The 23-year-old laborer said: "The weather was fine... All I know is that that there was a leak in the ship and it started sinking just around midnight on Saturday. "I just jumped into the sea like everybody else. Luckily I found a life vest."

The area where the ship went down is right on the Equator and is used by hundreds of ships every day on their way from Japan and China to Europe and the Middle East.

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