November 1st, 2011
08:56 AM ET

Boat filled with asylum seekers capsizes

A crowded boat carrying asylum seekers capsized off the coast of the island of Java in Indonesia on Tuesday, leaving six people dead, officials said.

Another 37 were rescued, the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency said. Some others were missing.

A total of 70 people are believed to have been on board, officials said.

Search and rescue teams from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, are helping in the search.

The agency said the wooden ship left the town of Cilacap, West Java, and was bound for Australia. The asylum seekers were from Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, an agency official said.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Really?
    Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan?
    Why ever would they want to leave such lovely countries?

    November 1, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    One has to be desperate for a better life to begin such a dangerous trip.
    I am very saddened to hear this terrible news.

    November 1, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    This here is just more evidence that we never should have invaded Iraq in the first place. Ever since the 2003 invasion the lives of the Iraqi people have been turned upside down! It's too bad that these people on this boat had to pay the price of American expansionism with their very lives!!!

    November 1, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      You nailed it, bobcat2u. That was very well stated and very true, too! Thank you.

      November 1, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • smitty

      Yes and their lives were so lovely under Saddam Hussein. Maybe they would have ended up in one of the mass graves he left behind.

      November 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qbnation

      You freaking hippie moron. I think Canada is excepting defectors. Just thought that maybe you would be interested.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    That is the silliest post I've ever seen in my life, GP, completly ignoring that there were Iranians and Pakistanis on the boat also.
    A poppy withered in Afghanistan. Is that the US's fault, too?
    Jeez, be quiet!

    November 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. humble horrace

    LMAO...more dead muslim Nig Gers.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Spoken like a true Tea Partier indeed, lingo and all!!! With this Tea Party Movement flourishing the way it is, no wonder this country's going downhill! Did Mitt Romney inspire you, or was it Sarah Palin, Scott Brown or Christine O'Donnell? With that N word above, I don't think that it was Herman Cain.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ruth Patton

    Dad...please step back inside the grave...you're embarassing the family again...we wish the TP movement would die down so you can S T F U already...

    November 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bea Patton

    Zombie Patton...Brains good...get some already...twit.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Conrad

    Everything is the US's Fault !! (Sarc). When will we learn..... The whole World has got to be just like us and no matter who's the winner, we can't pay the cost. John Kay was right in the 70's and still right today.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |