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Seven people killed in Indonesia after attempt at group photo causes boat to capsize - ABC News

Seven people were killed when a group of tourists trying to take a selfie caused an overcrowded boat to capsize, Indonesian authorities say.

The accident happened when all 20 passengers suddenly moved to the one side of the vessel to take a group photo on Saturday in Boyolali Regency, according to Central Java police chief Ahmad Lutfi.

"The cause of the accident was overcapacity," Mr Lutfi told reporters.

"The 20 people took a selfie on the right side, then the boat lost balance and flipped."

Eleven people were rescued but seven were found dead, police said. Two people remain missing.

Authorities said they will look into whether there was negligence by those managing the boat rides at the reservoir.

Mr Lutfi said that the boat was helmed by a 13-year-old.

Boat accidents are common in Indonesia due to minimal safety standards.

In April, rescuers were rushed to find 17 fishermen after two boats collided in West Java.

Three were found dead and 13 were still missing when the search ended.

In January last year, 10 people went missing after a boat carrying 20 migrant workers to neighbouring Malaysia capsized off the coast of Sumatra.

AFP

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