Jakarta: An overloaded boat carrying people home to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families capsized off Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 17 and leaving four others missing, police said Tuesday. The Arim Jaya was traveling from Ra'as village on Madura island to nearby Kalianget when it capsized Monday after being hit by a 1-meter (3-foot) wave, East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.
The wooden boat was carrying 60 people but was designed for just 30.Mangera said search teams and local fishermen rescued 39 people. Extra boats joined the search after weather conditions improved Tuesday and rescuers recovered at least 17 bodies, including four children, he said. They were searching for four others who were reported missing, he said.