Nine people feared dead after Indonesian fishing boat capsizes off Australian coast

Nine people are missing and feared dead after an Indonesian fishing boat capsized off the north-west coast of Western Australia.

Australian authorities say the boat was carrying 12 people when it capsized on Sunday evening about 180km west of Ashmore Reef.

Three people were rescued by a Singapore-flagged bulk carrier which was diverted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa).

“Unfortunately, there were nine crew members who were not able to be located,” an Amsa spokesperson said on Monday.

One survivor was critically ill in Broome hospital after being winched from the bulk carrier by a rescue helicopter that had refuelled en route at a nearby oil rig.

The other two survivors were transferred to an Australian government vessel and were expected to arrive in Darwin on Tuesday, Amsa said.

Indonesian media reports said the wooden vessel had been sunk after being hit by a large wave and the survivors would be repatriated.

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