Passenger ship sank, 27 people on board rescued, Indonesia
Contacts were lost with coastal passenger ship FUNGKA PERMATA III on Sep 17, ship sailed from Bau Bau, Pulau Buton Island, Southern Sulawesi Regency, Indonesia, Banda sea, with 27 (20 passengers and 7 crew) people on board. Sinking ship was spotted on Sep 18 by locals off Buton Selatan, southernmost Pulau Buton. All people on board were rescued by fishermen, including foreign tourist or tourists. FUNGKA PERMATA III was bound for Tomia island, Wakatobi Dive Resort. Small passenger ship was caught in heavy swell and started taking on water, sinking by stern. Understood FUNGKA PERMATA III sank. No data found on FUNGKA PERMATA III, which is hardly surprising, if on the photo below is FUNGKA PERMATA III.