Indonesian ferry explosion injures 19
08 June 2015
On June 5, an explosion aboard a ferry travelling between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok injured 19 of the 127 passengers on board, some seriously. The vessel’s sister ship came alongside and the injured passengers were transferred across on surfboards before being returned to Senggigi in Lombok, where they were hospitalised.
Eyewitness reports said the Wahana Gili Ocean 4 fast ferry suffered a massive explosion in its engine compartment. Some reports have suggested a fuel line burst and the boat's engine exploded, causing the subsequent fire.
Indonesian authorities confirmed 11 passengers received burns and eight suffered broken bones.
A police spokesman told Antara News the fire sparked after an explosion under the ferry's steering components. He said the passengers on board were from Australia, Indonesia, Italy, USA, Spain, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, France and Germany.