Bali Strait ferry Rafelia II, a 65m long Ro-Ro ship, capsized and sank on 4th March. The ferry departed from Gilimanuk with 40 to 70 passengers, 32 vehicles and 14 crew aboard, heading to Banyuwangi, East Java. The Rafelia II lost stability and began to roll over on her starboard side. Passengers and crew had just a few minutes to escape and jump into the sea. Local fishing boats along with patrol boats rushed to the scene and searched for survivors. Initial reports stated 50 persons were rescued from the water. The vessel is believed to have suffered water ingress before departing which may have caused the sudden loss of stability.
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