Seven Killed In Indonesia Boat Selfie Accident

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Updated May 16, 2021
This handout photo taken on May 16, 2021, and released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows rescuers carrying the body of a victim after a boat carrying 20 holiday-makers capsized on May 15 at a reservoir in Boyolali, Central Java.
HANDOUT / National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) / AFP


Seven Indonesians drowned after an overloaded boat capsized because of tourists attempting a selfie in a reservoir on Java island, police said Sunday.

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, said Central Java police chief Ahmad Lutfi.

“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.”

This handout photo taken on May 11, 2021 and released by Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows rescuers retrieving bodies after a landslide at a gold mine in south Solok, West Sumatra province, where at least seven people were killed and one reported missing.


Police added that 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.