Indonesian ferry collides with cargo ship; 8 dead
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An official says eight people have died after an Indonesian ferry collided with a cargo ship and sank in the Sunda straits, west of the main island of Java.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan says 208 crew and passengers have been evacuated after Wednesday's accident. Evran initially said the second vessel was an oil tanker.
It's still unclear how many passengers were aboard the ferry, which had about 30 crew members. Officials were waiting for the manifest.
The ferry Bahuga Jaya links Java and southern Sumatra island. It went down after colliding with the South African-flagged Norr Gastar about six kilometers (four miles) off Bakahuni port in Sumatra.
There was no immediate word on whether the cargo ship was damaged.