Updated: 08/17/2014 19:15 | By Agence France-Presse

10 foreigners, 5 Indonesians missing in tourist boat sinking

Ten foreign tourists and five Indonesians were missing on Sunday after a boat travelling between islands in the east of the archipelago sank, a search and rescue official said. 


10 foreigners, 5 Indonesians missing in tourist boat sinking

Indonesian Muslim devotees arrive on a boat to attend the morning prayer to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival at the historic Sunda Kelapa port district of Jakarta on July 28, 2014 - by Romeo Gacad

"A tourist boat with 25 people on board capsized while sailing from Lombok island to Komodo island," said search and rescue official Budiawan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

"We rescued 10 foreigners while 10 other foreigners and five Indonesians remain missing. We launched a search operation as soon as we received the report this morning."

Those rescued were from New Zealand, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France, the official added. He could not provide the nationalities of those still missing.

The accident appeared near Bima, a town on Sumbawa island, he said. 

Another search and rescue official in Bima, Suryaman, who also goes by one name, told AFP the accident happened early Saturday but the foreigners were not rescued until the evening. 

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