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Pair in eight-mile swim to sea shore after boat sinks

By Tim Moynihan

A mother has spoken of her relief after her two daughters swam for eight hours to safety when their boat sank in rough seas while travelling between islands in Indonesia.

Joan Ostojic's daughters Katherine (21) and Alice (19) were on a boat carrying 25 people that went down as it was sailing between Lombok and the Komodo Islands in eastern Indonesia.

Mrs Ostojic, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, said: "It's a relief that they are safe. They are fine, carrying on with their travels and will be home shortly."

She said the girls had emailed that after the boat sank in the middle of the night, they sat on its roof while it was semi-submerged for 10 hours, then swam eight hours to the shore before seeing the lights of some fishermen and being rescued. After being rescued, the girls spent the night on an uninhabited volcanic island where the fishermen gave them food and water, before they were taken to Bima in Sumbawa.

The girls lost everything in the accident apart from their passports, debit cards and cash.

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