Seven Indonesians drown in boat disaster after the group rushed to one side for a selfie and capsized the vessel – helmed by a 13-year-old
- Seven Indonesians have drowned after an overloaded boat capsized on Saturday
- All 20 passengers suddenly moved to the one side of the boat to take a selfie
- Eleven people were rescued but seven were found dead, while two are missing
- Authorities will investigate if there was negligence by those managing the boat
Seven Indonesians have drowned after an overloaded boat capsized because of tourists attempting a selfie in a reservoir on Java island.
The accident happened when all 20 passengers suddenly moved to the one side of the vessel to take a group photo on Saturday in the Boyolali regency, Central Java police chief Ahmad Lutfi said.
‘The cause of the accident was overcapacity,’ Lutfi told reporters.
‘The 20 people took a selfie on the right side then the boat lost balance and flipped.’
At least seven people died in a boat selfie accident in Central Java, Indonesia (pictured, emergency services remove a body from the scene)
Rescuers searching for victims after a boat carrying 20 holidaymakers capsized (pictured, divers at the scene)
Police said 11 people were rescued but seven were found dead. Rescuers were searching for two people still missing.
Authorities said they will look into whether there was negligence by those managing the boat rides at the reservoir.
Lutfi said that the boat was helmed by a 13-year-old.
Boat accidents are common in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of around 17,000 islands, due to lax safety standards.
In April, rescuers were rushed to find 17 fishermen after two boats collided in West Java. Three were found dead and 13 were still missing when the search ended.
And in January last year, 10 people went missing after a boat carrying 20 migrant workers to neighbouring Malaysia capsized off the coast of Sumatra island.
Police said 11 people were rescued but seven were found dead. Rescuers were searching for two people still missing