Live Phuket The Phuket News The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News World News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Bali tourist boat blast kills foreigner, injures 14 others

INDONESIA: An explosion hit a tourist boat as it departed the Indonesian resort island of Bali today (Sept 15), killing one foreign woman and injuring 14 other foreigners, police said.

accidents, death, police, transport, marine,


AFP

Thursday 15 September 2016, 02:41PM


The speedboat was leaving Bali for the nearby holiday island of Gili Trawangan (pictured). Photo: Public Domain
The speedboat was leaving Bali for the nearby holiday island of Gili Trawangan (pictured). Photo: Public Domain

The blast in the speedboat carrying about 30 passengers appeared to have happened in the fuel tank, said police, adding it was not caused by a bomb. Indonesia has a poor maritime safety record and there have been similar incidents in the past where no foul play was detected.

Authorities said the woman killed on the boat, which was heading for the nearby holiday island of Gili Trawangan, was a foreigner but that they were verifying her identity before releasing more details.

The dead woman and the 14 injured tourists were taken to medical centres on the island, with TV footage showing dazed, bloodied passengers lying on hospital beds and being carried into ambulances on stretchers.

A manifest provided by authorities showed that among the passengers were 17 Britons, and smaller numbers of foreigners from France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain.

The boat, which was also carrying four crew, and had just left Padang Bai port in eastern Bali this morning when the blast occurred.

“The explosion happened five minutes after the boat departed,” local police chief Sugeng Sudarso told AFP, adding the vessel had been about 200 metres from the port.

“One female passenger died from head injuries.”

Teams of police and the bomb squad were initially deployed to investigate but Sudarso later ruled out a bomb as the cause.

“Based on the testimony (from passengers) and from what I saw at the scene, the explosion came from the fuel tank,” he said.

Wild Wake Thailand

“Above it was a battery, maybe there was a short circuit that affected the fuel tank.”

The Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is heavily dependent on ferry services but the industry has a poor safety record and fatal accidents are common.

Last year, dozens of tourists were injured when small explosions hit a ferry crossing between Bali and the neighbouring holiday island of Lombok.

The explosions were an accident and thought to have come from the fuel tank of the ferry, which was carrying 129 passengers, most of them tourists.

However fears have also been growing in Indonesia that radicals who have headed to fight with the Islamic State (IS) group in the Middle East could encourage supporters back home to launch attacks, or may launch attacks themselves on their return.

In January, a gun and suicide bomb attack claimed by IS in the capital Jakarta left four attackers and four civilians dead.

Bali has been attacked by Islamic radicals before. In 2002, more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed in bombings on the island.

A sustained crackdown following the Bali bombings had weakened the most dangerous networks but IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for the country’s extremists.

A pocket of Hinduism in Muslim-majority Indonesia, Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors every year due to its palm-fringed, tropical beaches and picture-postcard temples.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
Forget your password?

Kurt | 16 September 2016 - 11:25:44

The explosion came from the fuel tank.
Nothing to do with engines.
To use diesel engines is much safer (diesel fuel).

Same story as the explosion/fire of the burned speedboats at Chalong beach a while ago at night. (there were no running engines that time!)
It has nothing to do with the engines.
It is all about the flash point of petrol.

The difference between petrol flash point and diesel flash point is 'safety'.
Therefore  diesel engines recommended. 

Not going for optimal safety? Try a accident.

The Phuket News

Joe12 | 15 September 2016 - 22:16:27

Kurt... diesel or petrol powered is a preference for the owner. It is not mandated in law to use a particular engine in any country, nor the materials from which they built. Modern injected petrol engines are far safer than the carburetted engines of the past. Even car engine can ignite unexpectedly so is not confined just to boats. Lamborghini is good case in point.

The Phuket News

Kurt | 15 September 2016 - 15:17:10

Astonishing, all over here they are still allowed to use car fuel instead of much more safe diesel engines.

Despite many accidents/explosions, nothing improves that government safety thinking concerning tourists.
Tourist ar here just money pigs.

Thailand also has a poor safety standard with all these plywood speedboats with untrained/uncertified boatmen sailing them. ( they call them selve: captain)

Lesson: never go on these boats, Not there, not in Thailand as well.
It can cost you your life, or be disable for the rest of your life.
Not worth. is it?
Remember, all thai speed boats use car fuels. No diesel oil.

What you not accept by law in your own country, do not accept it in countries here as well.
Very clear. Yes?

By not boarding them, not buy tickets, you can contribute for safety of your countryman in future.
Do not expect thai initiatives to handle this unsafe matter until it hits their pockets.

The Phuket News
Matches 3 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


No murder, but suspicions in Tawatchai death

Jogi...if you read my comments, "The excellent reporting of information as it becomes available, has been clear and unequivocal" I fail to s...(Read More)


No murder, but suspicions in Tawatchai death

that Tawatchai could died tru the hand of hospital staff, because the Xray at 02.20 show's no raptured liver or broken ribs, is this a script to a...(Read More)


Three injured as Phuket speedboat engulfed in flames

Is there an error here ? "The boat was operated by PCL Transport, formerly known as 858 Insee Marine Co Ltd, Lt Suannd said..." So 858...(Read More)


Angry vendors file complaint over Phuket Floating Market flop

Joe 12, your post of Sept 23 at 19:33 needs to be corrected. It makes no sense with a very necessary word missing. As for your claim you are always ...(Read More)


Angry vendors file complaint over Phuket Floating Market flop

Kurt: Whilst you continue to write non factual garbage and denigrate Thailand, Thai people etc then i will continue to comment. As Joe12 states these ...(Read More)


Phuket beaches closed as Portuguese man o’ war wash ashore

Box Jellyfish? in Phuket? Heavens alive, the most dangerous,most venomous there is in the Seas! THAT is very bad News for Phuket and Tourists. NOT w...(Read More)


Angry vendors file complaint over Phuket Floating Market flop

Sir Burr...Commentators can say what they like, but don't expect me to sit idly by and not correct the senseless garbage that is written and if yo...(Read More)


Three injured as Phuket speedboat engulfed in flames

Phuket speedboat engulfed in flames! The boat 'just' caugth fire? Just like that? Question is: Why? Hope for a solid investigation, and th...(Read More)


Three injured as Phuket speedboat engulfed in flames

Use the cheap tours and you risk you life. The cheapness comes from untrained staff and unmaintained boats. Go cheap and who knows what will happen. J...(Read More)


Phuket police arrest two teen serial motorbike thieves

Jogi...I find that PN articles to be of a high standard so don't feel the need to comment nor is there any point in it. I comment to correct the s...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
THAI VISA
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2016 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.