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Two still missing after boat sinks

Rescuers have safely recovered 13 more people from a tourist boat which sank in central Indonesia, but are searching for a Dutch man and an Italian woman who are still missing.

The boat sank on its way from Lombok island to Komodo island on Saturday evening while carrying 20 foreign tourists, four Indonesian crewmen and an Indonesian guide. Ten people - all foreigners, including two Britons - were rescued yesterday.

Lalu Wahyu Efendi, operational chief for the search and rescue agency in Mataram, the provincial capital of West Nusatenggara, said eight more foreigners and all five Indonesians were found early today.

Most of those who were rescued today had minor injuries.

Indonesia's disaster management agency said the boat was hit by a 10ft (3m) high wave and crashed into a reef, causing it to leak and sink.

A woman who was rescued yesterday told MetroTV that she and the others swam for about seven hours before being found by local fishermen.

The tourists had set out on Thursday on a tour taking them from the resort island of Bali to Komodo island, including a stop on Lombok. A boat trip from Lombok to Komodo can take up to 15 hours.

Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of Komodo National Park, which is known for endangered Komodo dragons that can grow longer than 10ft (3m).

Boat accidents are common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands, in part because of poor safety standards.


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