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22 rescued as Indonesian boat sinks, 120 missing

world Updated: Aug 30, 2012 15:45 IST
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Officials say 22 people have been rescued from a boat overloaded with about 150 asylum seekers that sank off Indonesia, and more survivors have been spotted.

The boat sank on Wednesday on its way from the main Indonesian island of Java to Australia. A merchant ship rescued six Afghan men early Thursday.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a statement that an Australian navy patrol boat has retrieved another 16 survivors. An aircraft crew spotted more survivors in the water.

Another three merchant vessels had joined the search.