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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lemmings, lemmings, they drown



At least 31 dead as Indonesian ferry sinks
October 19, 2007
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

At least 31 people were killed and 125 rescued after a ferry sank off Indonesia's Sulawesi island in the latest of a series of transport accidents to hit the archipelago nation, officials said Friday (19 Oct).

Residents near the town of Bau Bau on southeast Sulawesi heard survivors screaming and pleading for help after the Acita 03 capsized at about 9:00 pm (1300 GMT) Thursday, ElShinta radio reported.
 
The 22-metre ship sank several miles (kilometres) from shore when passengers clambered to the boat's roof to make mobile phone calls when they couldn't get a signal, transport ministry official Djoni Algamar told AFP.
 
"The ship lost its balance and capsized," he said, adding that only 60 names had been on the ship's manifest.

(The rest of the article.)

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Allegations of callousness notwithstanding, I am submitting these geniuses to Wendy Northcutt as mass nominees for the 2007 Darwin Awards.

'Can you hear me now?'

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