Boat filled with asylum seekers capsizes

Story highlights

  • 6 people died, 37 were rescued, others are missing, officials say
  • The asylum seekers were trying to go to Australia
  • They were from Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan, an Indonesian official said
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.
Indonesia's 17,000 islands and porous borders make the country a transit point for migrants wanting to reach Australia.
They're often taken by smugglers on wooden boats and charged large amounts of money.