Officials say 26 people are missing after the ferry ran out of fuel and sank off the coast of Indonesia in bad weather.

The country’s search and rescue agency said the ship had 43 people on board when it capsized in the Makassar Strait, the sea that separates the islands of Sulawesi and Borneo, on Thursday.

News of the accident reached officials only on Saturday and he, like many Indonesians, has only one name, said local search and rescue chief Junaidi.

Two passing smugglers rescued 17 people alive. “We have deployed a rescue team to search for the missing,” he added.

Al-Junaidi added that a group of 40 rescuers were at sea searching for survivors.

Accidents at sea are common in Indonesia, an archipelago in Southeast Asia comprising about 17,000 islands where safety standards are often lax.

Last week, a ferry carrying more than 800 people ran aground in shallow waters off East Nusa Tenggara province and stood for two days before breaking free. No one was hurt.

In 2018, more than 150 people drowned when a ferry sank in one of the world’s deepest lakes on the island of Sumatra.

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