All passengers and crew on board the inter-island ferry Gelis Rau that caught fire while traveling between Bali and Lombok have been successfully rescued from the smoldering vessel.
Quoted by Metrotvnews, Rama who is spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Service (Basarnas) in Bali said on Friday, July 18, 2014: “A total of 75 victims have been safely evacuated (from the ship). There were no passengers who suffered a serious wound, with injuries limited to shock and superficial injuries.”
Cooperating in removing the passengers form the burning ship were elements of Basarnas, the Bali Water Police, and police from the Klungkung and Karangasem police precincts.
The first was extinguished on Thursday evening.
The ferry caught fire during a nighttime crossing form the port of Padang Bai in Bali to Lembar, Lombok on Thursday, July 17th. It was uncontrollably ablaze for nearly six hours leaving a completely burnt out hull run aground on the reef near the shoreline of Nusa Lembongan.
The ship departed Padangbai at 7:45 pm and caught on fire while in rough seas, causing the ship to try to approach the nearest island of Nusa Lembongan.
Also destroyed in the fire were some 21 vehicles, 13 of them large trucks.
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