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Foreign tourists rescued after ship engine failed in Lombok Strait

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Search and Rescue (SAR) team on Sunday successfully rescued 26 people, including foreign tourists, after a passenger ship they were on suffered an engine failure in the Lombok Strait, West Nusa Tenggara ( NTB) Province.

“Several victims are foreign nationals from India, Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States and Italy, while the rest are from Indonesia,” the SAR office chief said on Sunday. of Mataram, Nanang Sigit PH.

He said his office received a report from Co-operatives President Karya Bahari on Saturday (4/6) at 8:48 p.m. local time regarding the vessel AL II KAI GT 171 which suffered engine failure in the waters. of the Lombok Strait.

“We have received an evacuation request for 26 people. Eleven of them are crew members and the rest are passengers,” he said.

The engine of the ship which sailed from Benoa port, Bali, to Labuan Bajo, east of Nusa Tenggara, had failed in the waters of the Lombok Strait since Saturday (4/6).

The Mataram SAR office deployed personnel from Lembar port in West Lombok district using the 220 Mataram rescue boat to evacuate tourists and crew members.

“The distance to the location of the vessel is 21.75 nautical miles, this is according to the coordinates given by the captain of the vessel,” he said.

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The SAR team managed to find the vessel AL II KAI GT 171, Sunday (5/6) around midnight local time. The vessel was found in the western waters of Nara Bay in the northern district of Lombok after being swept away by southerly currents. Despite the poor condition, the ship was able to sail at very low speed.

The ship managed to anchor in Nara Bay at 02:45 local time. Everyone was evacuated safely.

“Because it is close, we directed it to Nara Bay with supervision to ensure a safe position,” he said.

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