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At least 12 dead as overcrowded ferry sinks in eastern Indonesia; dozens rescued

KOLAKA, Indonesia — An overcrowded ferry sank off eastern Indonesia early Saturday, killing at least 12 people, officials said, as search-and-rescue teams scoured the choppy waters.

Ninety-three people, including the captain, were rescued, but officials feared others were trapped inside the sunken vessel, said Brig. Gen. Sigit Sudarmanto, a police chief on Sulawesi island.

The Windu Karsa, traveling from the town of Bajoe to Kolaka, went down just after midnight in waters off southern Sulawesi as many passengers were sleeping.

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