BREAKING: Huge Ferry Blaze Leaves Leaves 23 Dead, Dozens Missing

1ferryA disastrous ferry fire has claimed the lives of at least 23 people and 17 more are missing.

The Zahro Express was carrying more than 230 people off the coast of Indonesia when it burst into flames. It was sailing from the capital, Jakarta, to Tidung Island, a holiday hotspot, apparently to celebrate New Year’s Day.

But about 1.5km from Muara Angke port the fire broke out and thick smoke filled the cabin, causing many passengers to jump into the sea. Officials told the BBC that 194 people were rescued, while nine remain in hospital and 17 people are still unaccounted for.