Two Indonesian fishermen dead, 15 missing after collision

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    JAKARTA — Two fishermen have died and 15 were still missing on Sunday after their boat capsized following a collision with a bulk carrier in the Java Sea, Indonesian authorities said.

    Other members of the 32-person crew on the Barokah Jaya fishing boat were evacuated and taken to hospital after Saturday’s crash with the Habco Pioneer bulk carrier.

    Both vessels are Indonesian-flagged.

    One of the victims’ corpses was found stuck in a fishing net and the other in the vessel, 50 meters from the Habco Pioneer, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas said.

    Hundreds of rescuers – including divers – were scouring the waters, said Deden Ridwansah, head of Basarnas’ local Bandung office, in a statement on the agency’s Instagram.

    There were no reports of casualties on the 30,000-ton capacity Habco Pioneer, which is owned by tugboats and barges company PT Habco Primatama.

    Authorities did not give a reason for the collision.