INDONESIA - Bad weather in the Sunda Strait over the past several days has been blamed for the sinking of KM Putri Krakatau over the weekend while the fate of two passengers remains unclear.
The joint search and rescue team comprising personnel from the Banten and Lampung Police, the Navy and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), will continue its efforts for the next several days.
The boat, owned by PT Planet Diving, sank after it got caught in a storm during a trip from Marina Beach in North Jakarta to Mount Anak Krakatau in South Lampung, Lampung.
The tourist boat sank around Sangiang Island in Serang, Banten. The vessel is believed to have sunk early on Sunday at 12:15 a.m. local time.
Rescue workers have saved 21 out of the 23 passengers on the vessel while two remain missing as of Tuesday.
Lampung Police chief spokeswoman Sr. Comr. Sulistyaningsih said the two missing passengers were diving coordinator Darwis, 30, and diving participant Steven, 31.
There were five Japanese and six local tourists as well as 12 crew members on board.
The rescued Japanese were Hiroshi Takashima, 51; Daijiro Sugihara, 53; Shigenobu Yamada, 33; and Okizono Kuota, Kimura Minoru and Yabe Yu, all 45 years old.