At least 19 people have died after a ferry sank in a lake in Macedonia.

The ship, the Ilinden, sank about 200 metres from the shore of Lake Ohrid (ABOVE), in the southwest of the country. Witnesses said the ship sank very quickly.

About 50 passengers have been rescued. Most of the people on board were said to be Bulgarian tourists.

"A police diving team is on the scene, and we fear more people have drowned," a police spokesman said.

Lake Ohrid is Macedonia's best-known tourist resort.