JAKARTA Jan 1 Five people were killed and
around 100 people rescued on Sunday after a fire ripped through
a boat carrying tourists to islands north of the Indonesian
capital Jakarta, authorities said.
Along with five fatalities, 17 people were also injured,
said Ferry Budiharso, a spokesman for the Thousand Island
police, the area where the boat was heading.
The head of Jakarta's search and rescue agency, Hendra
Sudirman, said that 98 people had been rescued.
The boat, Zahro Express, caught fire shortly after leaving
Muara Angke port in North Jakarta early on Sunday due to a short
circuit on a power generator on the boat, Budiharso said.
Sea accidents are frequent in Indonesia, a sprawling
archipelago, with vessels often overloaded and having too few
life jackets on boat.
(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Editing by Michael Perry)