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Bali boat blast kills two, injures 20

16 September 2016

Two women were killed, with initial reports saying they were Austrian and German, and up to 20 other tourists injured in a fuel tank explosion on a tourist boat that had just departed the Indonesian island of Bali, police said. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion on the fast boat. Indonesia has a poor maritime safety record and there have been similar incidents in the past. 

Gili Cat fast boat
Gili Cat fast boat

The 20 injured passengers included nationals from Portugal, Germany, Australia, South Korea and Britain, according to preliminary information from the police. The boat was carrying 35 passengers, all of whom were tourists, and four crew, and had just left Padang Bai port in eastern Bali on the morning of September 15 when the blast occurred.

It is thought a battery could have shorted near one of the engines of the Gili Cat, but an investigation will take place to find the cause.

On the same day, three tourists from central Europe were injured and another was missing after a luxury boat caught fire and exploded off Penang, Malaysia. The survivors were rescued in a life raft by a fishing vessel.

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