Four Australians, two Indonesians rescued off coast of Sumatra


Four Australians paddling on their surfboards and two Indonesians were found alive in the sea off Indonesia’s west coast on 15 August, nearly two days after their boat was hit by bad weather.

AFP PHOTO / NATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE AGENCY (BAS

  • Four Australians and two Indonesians were rescued off the
    coast of Sumatra after their boat hit bad weather.
  • The group was reported missing after one of the boats failed
    to arrive at the private island of Pinang.
  • Rescuers found the six people alive, but one is still
    missing.

Six
people, including four Australian tourists, who were reported missing off the
west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island after their boat hit bad weather have
been found alive, an official said Tuesday.

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Two
boats carrying a total of 17 people left Nias island for the private island of
Pinang on Sunday, but one of the boats, which carried four Australians and
three Indonesians, failed to arrive, prompting authorities to launch a
search-and-rescue operation Monday.

Rescuers
found the four Australians and two Indonesians alive, and are still searching
for the Indonesian who remains missing, said local rescue agency head
Octavianto.

“At
the moment, all victims have been evacuated to the Pinang resort to receive
further medical attention,” Octavianto, who like many Indonesians uses
only one name, said in a statement Tuesday.

“For
the last victim, the search is ongoing by rescuers around waters near Tuangku
island and Palawak island.”

This handout photo taken and released by the Natio

This handout photo taken and released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) on 14 August 2023 shows personnel searching for seven people, including four Australian tourists, who went missing when their boat hit bad weather off Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Marine
accidents occur frequently in the Southeast Asian archipelago nation of around
17 000 islands, where people rely on ferries and small boats to travel despite
poor safety standards.

In
2018, more than 150 people drowned when a ferry sank in one of the world’s
deepest lakes on Sumatra.

Last
year, a ferry carrying more than 800 people ran aground in shallow waters off
East Nusa Tenggara province and remained stuck for two days before being
dislodged. No one was hurt.


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