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]


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