Devastating ferry inferno kills at least 23 with passengers leaping into sea in terror
The Zahro Express was carrying more than 230 people off the coast of Indonesia when it burst into flames.
It was sailing from the capital, Jakarta, to Tidung Island, a holiday hotspot, apparently to celebrate New Year’s Day.
But about 1.5km from Muara Angke port the fire broke out and thick smoke filled the cabin, causing many passengers to jump into the sea.
Officials told the BBC that 194 people were rescued, while nine remain in hospital and 17 people are still unaccounted for.
A passenger who escaped the doomed ship described the scenes of panic they witnessed as the flames took hold.
"Fifteen minutes after the boat set sail, people at the back of the boat started making noise," they said.
"Then I saw more and more smoke; the boat was crowded and people were fighting for life jackets."
Another survivor described the critical moment the flames reached the ship's fuel tanks.
"Passengers panicked and ran to the deck to throw floats into the water," they said.
"In a split second, the fire becomes bigger coming from where fuel is stored."
Images taken in the aftermath of the fire show the devastated remains of the vessel.