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Ferry With 139 Aboard Sinks, Killing Six People in Indonesia (PHOTOS)

© AP Photo / Masyudi Syachban FirmansyahAn Indonesian rescue team carry a victim of a capsized boat at Paotere port in Makassar, South Sulawesi , Indonesia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
An Indonesian rescue team carry a victim of a capsized boat at Paotere port in Makassar, South Sulawesi , Indonesia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The deadly accident occurred due to a leak on the left side of the ship's hull, according to Indonesia's transportation agency.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. A ferry with 139 passengers and 48 cars on board capsized off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

A search operation is currently underway. At the moment, it is not yet clear how many people have been rescued.

READ MORE: S Korea Trying to Rescue 192 People From Ferry That Hit Rock off Country's Coast

Images from the scene show some people clinging to the sinking ferry, whereas other passengers are floating in the water waiting for help.

A similar incident occurred two weeks ago when a ferry with at least 80 passengers on board sank in Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination in North Sumatra.

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