2 tourists still missing in Indonesia boat sinking

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 7:36 am •  Published: August 18, 2014
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MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers on Monday safely recovered 13 more people from a tourist boat that sank after hitting a reef in central Indonesia, but were searching for a Dutch man and an Italian woman who were still missing, officials said.

The boat sank Saturday evening on its way from Lombok island to Komodo island carrying 20 foreign tourists, four Indonesian crewmen and an Indonesian guide. Ten people — all foreigners — were rescued Sunday.

Eight more foreign tourists and all five Indonesians were found early Monday, said Lalu Wahyu Efendi, operational chief for the search and rescue agency in Mataram, the provincial capital of West Nusatenggara.

He said the 13 were rescued by fishermen about 43 kilometers (27 miles) east of where their wooden boat sank off Sangeang Api, a volcanic island in Bima district off the eastern coast of Sumabwa island.

Most of those who were rescued had minor injuries, said Efendi, adding that rescuers were still scouring the waters for the two missing foreigners.

A woman who was rescued Sunday told MetroTV that she and the others swam for hours before being found.

"It was a terrible experience. We swam in choppy waters for seven hours before being found by a fisherman," said the woman, identified only as Maria.

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