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Search for 7 missing crew underway as ship capsizes in waters off Bali

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Rescuers are searching for seven crew of a cargo ship that sank in waters off Bali resort island of Indonesia, a senior rescuer said on Sunday.

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KM Multi Prima One cargo ship heading to Waingapu town of East Nusa Tenggara province capsized in Bali Gulf after leaving waters off Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java province, said Yusuf Latief, head of communication for media of national search and rescue office.

"A total of seven out of 14 crew remain missing, now the search operation to recover them is getting underway," he told Xinhua by phone.

The search operation is being carried out at the radius of 200 nautical miles from the site of the sea incident, said Latief.

The seven crew who survived the incident were rescued by another ship, Cahaya Abadi 201, which was passing by the spot, according to him.

Sea water transport is a favorite transport means in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic country home to over 17,500 islands. A lack of safety standard has often triggered sea incidents.

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