On Saturday, Indonesian SAR forces and maritime police units evacuated 116 passengers from the ro/pax ferry Madani Nusuntara after it went aground near the island of Suwangi, South Kalimantan (coordinates S 3.425 E 116.057). 

Passengers transferred to the tug Lestari Abadi 04 (KSOP Kotabaru)

The vessel departed the port of Batulicin at 1330 hours and went aground about an hour later at a position about 3.5 nm off the pier. The vessel made a distress call, and KSOP Kotabaru dispatched a patrol boat to the scene, along with maritime patrol units from Tanah Bumbu regency. The ferry's master ordered the passengers to abandon ship into liferafts because the water alongside was too shallow for rescue vessels to approach. The responders helped to transfer the passengers from the rafts onto the deck of the commercial tugboat Lestari Abadi 4, then onto shore at Batulicin Harbor. 

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