10 foreigners, 5 Indonesians missing in tourist boat sinking

10 foreigners, 5 Indonesians missing in tourist boat sinking
The accident appeared near Bima (pictured in graphic above), a town on Sumbawa island

JAKARTA - Ten foreign tourists and five Indonesians were missing on Sunday after a boat travelling between islands in the east of the archipelago sank, a search and rescue official said.

"A tourist boat with 25 people on board capsized while sailing from Lombok island to Komodo island," said search and rescue official Budiawan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

"We rescued 10 foreigners while 10 other foreigners and five Indonesians remain missing. We launched a search operation as soon as we received the report this morning."

Those rescued were from New Zealand, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France, the official added. He could not provide the nationalities of those still missing.

The accident appeared near Bima, a town on Sumbawa island, he said.

Another search and rescue official in Bima, Suryaman, who also goes by one name, told AFP the accident happened early Saturday but the foreigners were not rescued until the evening.

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