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Indonesia boat sinking: 13 people found alive, 2 tourists still missing

Published on Aug 18, 2014 2:30 PM
Survivors rescued after a tourist boat sank rest at a house near to the Indonesian town of Bima on Aug 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Bad weather was hampering a desperate search on Monday for two foreign tourists still missing after a boat travelling between two Indonesian islands sank at the weekend, although 13 more people had been plucked from the water alive, officials said.

A small cruise ship carrying 20 foreign tourists and five Indonesian crew sank on Saturday night as it sailed between Lombok and Komodo islands. The Indonesian authorities had said as many as 15 of the tourists were missing overnight.

However, Mr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster management agency, said 13 more people, including eight tourists and all five Indonesian crew, had been rescued in the hours since then. "The survivors were found by fishermen, and they were found floating with life-jackets," Mr Nugroho said in a text message.

He said the survivors were being treated at a clinic on West Nusa Tenggara island, which lies between Lombok and Komodo. Conditions had turned against rescuers searching for the remaining two tourists. "We have deployed speed boats and a helicopter... but we are encountering bad weather and high waves," Mr Nugroho said.

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