An Indonesian flagged Ro-Ro passenger ferry Jatra 1 sank near the Bolok Port, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). The 100 meter long passenger ferry was adrift due to the extreme weather in the area.
The incident occurred in Bolok Port, Kupang, NTT, today. The sinking of Jatra 1 was confirmed by the Deputy Governor (Deputy Governor) of NTT, Josef Nae Soi.
“That’s right,” said Josef when asked about the news that if Jatra 1 sank in Bolok Port today.
However, further details were not provided, including whether or not any crew members are hurt and also the root cause of the sinking of the ship.
The sinking of 1980-built Jatra 1 was caught on camera and the video went viral on social media. In the 49-second video, you can see the large ship being swayed by the waves.
The heavy weather caused the ship to heel until it sank.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued an early warning regarding the existence of a tropical cyclone in Kupang, NTT.
“Based on the latest monitoring of atmospheric conditions, there is Seroja Tropical Cyclone (996 hPa) in Kupang waters with a maximum wind speed of up to 45 knots which has an impact on increasing wave height in the waters of East Nusa Tenggara,” Deputy Meteorology BMKG Guswanto said in a written statement on Monday.