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Boat carrying 20 foreign tourists sinks in eastern Indonesia, 15 missing

Published on Aug 17, 2014 5:02 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Fifteen foreign tourists were missing on Sunday after a boat travelling between islands in eastern Indonesia sank, an Indonesian search-and-rescue official said.

Mr Suryaman, based on the island of Lombok, told Reuters that 10 people had been rescued after the ship sank on its way from that island to Komodo Islands.

He said he did not know the fate of the other 15 people on the vessel, which had a crew of five Indonesians and was carrying 20 foreigners.

The vessel left Lombok on Thursday night and sank on Saturday about 7 pm local time "and we only received a report at 8 am (on Sunday)," said Mr Suryaman, adding that poor communication caused a delay in deploying a search-and-rescue team.

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