Bad weather is being cited as at least one of the underlying causes for the emergency grounding on Kampung Kusman Beach in Klungkung of a vessel from Blue Water Express ferrying a load of 28 Indonesian and foreign passengers on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Radar Bali confirms hat the passengers were all landed safely ashore with the help of local villagers who came to their assistance.
The vessel, captained by Abdul Rahman (30), departed from Serangan Island at 8:00 am headed to Gili Trawangan Island carrying 28 passengers and crew. 21 of those aboard were foreign tourists from Spain, France, Australia and Germany. The ship also carried 3 domestic passengers.
While underway and approximately 500 meters from Bali’s Jumpai Beach, the boat, driven by four large outboard motors, was hit by a large wave and immediately began to take on water at an alarming rate. Fearing the boat might sink, the Captain headed for Bali’s shore. After a prolonged struggle against large waves, the vessel was successfully beached at 9:45 am.
According to Radar Bali, although no one was injured in the accident, a number of passengers were emotionally traumatized by the experience.
The Captain said he did not know why his boat began leaking, suspecting that the ship may have been holed by piece of floating wood.
The Dawan police precinct has the incident under investigation to determine if human negligence played a role in the mishap.
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