DENPASAR, Indonesia, 15th September, 2016 (WAM) — Reports from AFP and APP say that an explosion hit a tourist boat as it departed the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday, killing a foreign woman and injuring 14 other foreigners, according to local police.
The blast in the speedboat, which was carrying about 30 passengers, appeared to have happened in the fuel tank, according to a police statement, which added that it was not caused by a bomb.
Indonesia has a poor maritime safety record and there have been similar incidents in the past where no foul play was detected. Authorities said that the woman who died was a foreigner but that 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 that among the passengers were 17 Britons, and smaller numbers of foreigners from France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain. The boat, which was also carrying four crew, and had just left Padang and was heading for the nearby holiday island of Gili Trawangan.