Boat Accident Leaves 25 Balinese Musicians Dead or Missing

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 5:51 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Indonesia say 11 people are dead and 14 are missing after a wooden boat filled with Balinese musicians sank off the resort island of Bali early Wednesday.

The head of Bali's search and rescue agency says the band members were headed to the nearby island of Nusa Penida to perform at a burial ceremony when the boat capsized.

Ketut Purwa says rescuers pulled 11 survivors from the water and are still searching for another 14 people.

Sea accidents are common in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands, due to poor safety standards.