10 tourists dead and 5 missing after boat capsizes in Indonesia

Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016

boat capsizeBad weather caused a wooden boat to capsize in Indonesia, killing 10 tourists. The incident occurred on Sunday morning, when the boat was on its way to Penyengat Island.

 

Media reports said that two children and eight adults died in the incident. Five people are still missing.

 

Tanjungpinang Naval Base commander First Admiral S. Irawan told the media that, heavy rain fell during the trip and the captain could not control the boat, which caused the boat to capsize.

 

The Navy and Tanjungpinang Search and Rescue Team intensified the search for the missing five passengers.

 

Search and rescue personnel, maritime police and the Navy searched for survivors and were able to rescue two people, according to the news service. Officials have deployed about 20 ships and 50 fishing boats in the search for survivors.

 

One of the survivors, told officers that the ticket seller at Bintan Pura Port said the trip was safe despite the cloudy weather in the morning. Penyengat Island is a 15-minute boat ride from the port.

 

The island is a famous local tourism destination and features one of the oldest mosques in the country, the Grand Mosque of Sultan Riau, which has been named a heritage site. Tombs of the Malay Riau kings are also located on the island.

 

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told the media that strong currents and high waves were making rescue efforts more difficult. He said some of the passengers tried to swim to safety but didn’t survive the 10-foot waves.

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