Ten tourists swim for six hours as boat capsizes between Indonesian Islands east of Bali

Published on : Monday, August 18, 2014

Ten-tourists-swam-for-six-hoursTen tourists had to swim for more than six hours until they were rescued as their boat capsized while sailing between the Indonesian Islands.

Among those rescued were 13 people with eight being foreigners. There were tourists from Britain, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands.  Two foreigners are still missing.

 

The boat sank two days ago in a storm as it was sailing towards the eastern side of the Indonesian Island.
 
Those who swam to safety were supposedly two Britons, tourists from New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands. They swam about three miles to the nearby island of Sangeang and found an erupting volcano in the region. They had to go through the worst ordeal by drinking their own urine until they were rescued in Sape said the head of the search and rescue agency on Lombok Island. They could not give details of their fellow passengers.
 
The rest of the passengers were found together in a lifeboat floating with their life jackets around 60 miles (100 kilometers) off Sape on the eastern side of the Sumbawa Island.
 

Since there was limited space in the lifeboat, the group of ten decided to swim for three miles. The big waves were made it very difficult for the swimmers and those who were holding on to the boat that had not capsized fully.

 

They were rescued after their capsized boat caught the attention of another passing boat. The local authorities will be seeking consular assistance for all foreign tourists. This local island in the Indonesian archipelago, east of Bali attracts thousands of tourists every year.

 

 

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