Boat sinks off WA coast, nine feared dead

Nine people are missing and presumed dead after an Indonesian fishing boat capsized off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

Authorities say the boat, with 12 people on board, capsized about 180 km west of Ashmore Reef Sunday evening.

Three people were rescued by a Singapore-flagged bulk carrier that was diverted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

“Unfortunately, there were nine crew members who could not be located,” an AMSA spokesperson said Monday.

One survivor is seriously ill and remains at Broome Hospital after being lifted off the bulk carrier by a rescue helicopter.

The other two were transferred to an Australian government vessel and were due to arrive in Darwin on Tuesday, the spokesman said.

According to Indonesian media, the wooden ship had sunk after being hit by a large wave and the survivors would be repatriated.

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