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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Vehicle Ferry Stranded for 26 Hours After Running Aground Between East Java and Bali
The SMS Swakarya, a passenger ferry operating between the port of Ketapang, Banyuwangi, East Java and Gilimanuk, West Bali went adrift in a heavy current and ran aground near the entrance to the Gilimanuk Port on the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

As reported by Nusa Bali, the ferry carrying 14 crew, 19 passengers, and 6 trucks left Ketapang at 6:00 am local time began to drift 45 minutes later near the ferry pier at Gilimanuk, before running aground 15 minutes later.

After repeated unsuccessful attempts over four hours to shift off its grounding, water police with search and rescue personnel evacuated the 19 passengers from the stranded ship transferinf them to shore at Gilimanuk.

The ship was eventually moved off a sandbar at 9:20 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, during a high tide, landing the stranded vehicles at Gilimanuk some 26 hours after initially sailing from East Java.

After discharging the trucks on board, the SMS Swakarya sail back to Ketapang in East Java without passengers and cargo in order to undergo a safety inspection.

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