Tourists in extreme fight for survival after boat sinks

Boat carrying 25 people sinks off Indonesia; two still missing

A tourist boat carrying international and Indonesian passengers from the Indonesian island of Lombok to Komodo sank in a storm on Friday night. By this morning, 23 had been rescued and two remained missing.

The boat went down close to the small volcanic island of Sangeang after sustaining damage to the hull during the storm. Ten tourists from New Zealand, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France were saved on Sunday.

A further eight foreigners and five Indonesians, four boat crew members and a tour guide were picked up this morning, having survived in a lifeboat too small to fit all of the boat’s passengers, or floating in their lifejackets. Two foreign passengers remain unaccounted for.

A group of 10 of the tourists had to swim more than six hours to safety in rough seas. Reports are emerging of their dramatic swim to safety five kilometres to Sangeang – only to find that the volcano was erupting. They drank their own urine to survive while they awaited rescue and are now recovering in hospital.

AFP / The Guardian

[pictured: Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia]

x

Check Also

Standby Nordic, TTG Nordic, website, travel, news, trade, industry, sector, Nordic, Scandinavia, Baltic

Farewell to TTG Nordic, hello to Standby Nordic

Scandinavia’s leading English-language travel industry news site gets a rebrand.

YouTube, Elle Darby, social media, Instagram, bloggers, hotel, stay, free, Dublin, White Moose Cafe, Ireland

Luxury hotel bans social media ‘stars’

A hotel in Dublin has banned bloggers and social media influencers for their “sense of entitlement”.

ATR, 600, lease, Silver Airlines, Florida, USA, first, turboprop, Nordic Aviation Capital, deal, agreement

Nordic lessor eases ATR “comeback”

Nordic Aviation Capital and ATR sign a deal for 15 ATR 600s to be operated by a Florida-based carrier.

Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Gothia Towers, Gothenburg, Mice, hotel, luxury, events, centenary

Swedish expo giant celebrates 100 years

Centenary events are planned this year at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

Visit, Denmark, tourism, Billund, Legoland, lighthouse, castle, dune, tourism, art, advanture park, national park

Denmark beyond the capital: events in 2018

A lighthouse’s last stand, a new national park, an adventure park, art and jewellery, and a rollercoaster.

Jamaica, crime, shootings, gun, tourism, resorts, hotels, warning, advice

Tourists in Jamaica warned about shootings

A state of emergency is declared as tourists are advised to stay in their hotels and resorts.