A ferry thought to be carrying 116 people has sunk off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Rescuers have picked 73 people from the water, but at least 43 more are missing, a navy spokesman said.

The boat went down in heavy seas on the way to the island of Nias, off Sumatra's western coast.

"The information we have received is that the boat sprang a leak and that the weather was very bad," Lt-Col Jaka Sentosa said.

Two Navy vessels had been sent to the scene, but rescue efforts were being hampered by high waves, he said.

Ferry travel is common throughout the Indonesian archipelago, but safety standards can be low and vessels often over-crowded.

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