One Dead, 14 Injured As Tourist Boat Explodes In Indonesia

Police investigators examine the Gili Cat 2 boat following an explosion while it was enroute to nearby island of Lombok

A tourist boat exploded in the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali Thursday morning, apparently due to a faulty engine. At least one person has been killed and 14 others injured.

A Dutch woman reportedly died in the explosion. She was said to have died from head injuries.

Indonesian authorities could only confirm that the woman killed on the boat, which was heading for the nearby holiday island of Gili Trawangan, was a foreigner and said they were verifying her identity before releasing more details.

The dead woman and the 14 injured tourists were taken to medical centres on the island, with TV footage showing dazed, bloodied passengers lying on hospital beds and being carried into ambulances on stretchers.

A manifest provided by authorities showed Europeans among the passengers – 17 Britons, and smaller numbers of foreigners from France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain.

The boat was also said to be carrying four crew.

The explosion happened five minutes after the boat departed,” local police chief Sugeng Sudarso said, adding that the vessel had been about 200 metres from Padang Bai port in eastern Bali.

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