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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The death toll from an Indonesian ship sinking off Borneo Island has climbed to 25 after rescuers pulled seven more bodies from the waters.

Local rescue agency official Gusti Saiful said Tuesday that at least six people are still missing and 74 were rescued.

The 6-ton KM Martasiah sank in strong winds Monday about an hour after leaving Kotabaru on Pulau Laut island for Geronggang on Borneo, both in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province.

Based on the manifest, the ship was carrying 105 crew and passengers, but Saiful said the actual number of people on board might have been higher.

Ships are a main source of transportation in Indonesia, an archipelago with more than 17,000 islands. Overcrowding and poor safety standards cause many fatal accidents.

 

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