Refugee Boat Capsizes Near Indonesia

109 rescued, 90 still missing

Coast guard rescue boat

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A boat carrying 206 people seeking asylum in Australia capsized in rough seas south of Indonesia on Thursday. The boat's crew radioed a distress call to Australian rescuers late Tuesday but gave no location. Australian authorities advised them to return and notified Indonesian authorities, but a surveillance plane found the boat capsized halfway between Java and the Australian territory Christmas Island on Thursday afternoon. Forty men clung to the boat's hull while others drifted with flotsam several miles away. Australian ships rescued 109 survivors. Rescuers sought the 90 still-missing men on Friday but found only bodies amid the seven-foot swells.

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