At least one person is dead and 14 others have been injured after an explosion on a fast ferry carrying foreign tourists from Bali.News sources quoted local police saying that that the Gili Cat 2 fast boat was carrying more than 40 people, including crew. It was heading for the nearby holiday island of Gili Trawangan.
The blast took place yesterday morning. No Australians are believed to have been aboard the boat, which reportedly happened about 200 metres from Padang Bai Harbour in Bali.
Explosions and fires, usually caused by engine problems, periodically hit ferries and boats plying Indonesia’s many islands. In June last year, an engine explosion and fire tore through a ferry travelling between Bali and Lombok, injuring 19 people, including four Australian women.
That ferry was carrying 129 passengers, many of them tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, USA, Spain, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Ireland, France and Germany.
Written by Peter Needham