Survivors of the asylum seeker boat that sank off the Indonesian coast on Saturday have revealed the ship’s captain and six crew members swam away in life jackets as the vessel went under.
“The captain and six crew took the life vests and started swimming away,” Saed Mohammad Zia, 18, of Pakistan told the Daily Telegraph.
Indonesian police are investigating if an associate of a recently arrested people-smuggling boss dispatched the ill-fated boat that sank off the coast of Java. At least 150 people are feared dead following Saturday’s disaster, 75km from land. An associate of human trafficking kingpin Sayed Abbas is believed to be responsible for sending the boat on its ill-fated journey, The Australian reports.