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At least seven dead after tourists attempt boat selfie

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

Police said the accident happened when all 20 passengers suddenly moved to the one side of the vessel to take a group photo on Saturday (local time) in the Boyolali regency, in the eastern part of Central Java.

“The cause of the accident was overcapacity,” Central Java police chief Ahmad Lutfi told reporters.

Rescuers carry a large bag away from the scene.
Seven people drowned after the boat capsized on Saturday. Source: AFP

“The 20 people took a selfie on the right side then the boat lost balance and flipped.”

Police added that 11 people were rescued but seven were found dead. Rescuers were searching for two people still missing.

Authorities said they would 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.

Rescuers recover items from the water.
Rescuers are still looking for two people who have been missing since the incident. Source: AFP
Rescue vessels at the scene of the capsized boat.
The boat flipped when all its passengers moved to one side to take a group photo. Source: AFP

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.

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