Boat Britons' six-hour swim ordeal
Two Britons were among a group of 10 tourists who had to swim more than six hours to safety after their boat sank in rough seas while travelling between islands in Indonesia, it was reported.
A further 15 people are still missing - with Britons possibly among them - after the boat went down last night as it was sailing between Lombok and the Komodo Islands in eastern Indonesia.
Some survivors managed to get into a lifeboat, while others had to swim three miles to a nearby island, only to find an erupting volcano, the Daily Mail said.
They had to drink their own urine while they awaited rescue and are now recovering in hospital while search teams scour 250 miles of sea between the islands as they hunt for survivors.
Along with the two Britons, tourists from New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands are thought to be among those rescued after the boat reportedly hit a reef in bad weather during the three-day journey.
But the fate of the other 15 people on board, thought to be of various nationalities and reportedly including four Indonesian crew members and and Indonesian guide, is not yet known.
French survivor B ertrand Homassel said the boat started sinking after it was damaged in a storm, the Mail reported.
Six people were taken to safety in a lifeboat, but the others had to keep themselves afloat for more than 12 hours before they decided to swim ashore.
Speaking from a hotel in Bima on Sumbawa island, where the survivors were taken after being rescued, he said: "Six people were in the lifeboat. The others climbed on to the roof of the boat, which had not completely sunk.
"We waited until midday on Saturday. We were five kilometres (three miles) from the coast - there were many big waves separating us from the coast.
"People started to panic... Everyone took the decision to swim to the closest island, five kilometres away, where there was an erupting volcano."
Mr Homassel said the group swam for six hours before arriving at the island, Sangeang, where they survived Saturday night by drinking their own urine and eating leaves.
They were rescued today after they attracted the attention of a passing boat, the newspaper said.
Indonesian police refused to release the names of the others rescued until identities were verified, the Mail added.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware that two British nationals have been hospitalised following an incident in West Nusa Tenggara, Eastern Indonesia, on 17 August. We are providing consular assistance.
"We are in contact with the local authorities about the incident and stand ready to offer consular assistance to any other British nationals who may be involved."
She would not comment on the state of their injuries.
Lombok is an island in the Indonesian archipelago, east of Bali. Home to around 3.1 million Indonesians, it attracts thousands of tourists every year.