MANADO, Indonesia -- Survivors of a deadly ferry wreck gave dramatic accounts on Monday of a violent storm that battered the vessel and a last-minute panic for life jackets that turned passengers against one another.
An intensive search failed to find any more survivors Monday. Ten people were found alive Sunday floating in the sea and clinging to one another. At least another 481 passengers and crew were still missing from Thursday morning's sinking of the Cahaya Bahari, a wooden ferry packed with Christians fleeing bloody fighting with Muslims on the Maluku islands.
One of the survivors, Reny Sopakua, 29, said that when the ship was starting to go down, fear turned to anger as passengers realized there were not enough life jackets for everyone.
''People started threatening each other with knives,'' said Sopakua, who was separated from her infant child in the pandemonium that followed.
Stanley Langsiaputi, 10, the youngest of the survivors, also recalled the panic aboard.
Langsiaputi said he jumped off the ship with his parents and grabbed hold of a flotation device. After nightfall, he fell asleep and when he awoke his mother and father had disappeared.
Survivors recounted how huge waves swamped the overcrowded ship in a fierce storm during a 200-mile voyage to Manado from the Malukus, a corner of the Indonesian archipelago where violence between Muslims and Christians has killed almost 3,000 people in the past 18 months.
A fishing boat plucked the survivors, aged between 10 and 29 years, along with one dead body from the water close to Karakelong island.
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