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A Banana Slip Up

Near Tragedy Averted as 5 Chinese Tourists Injured in Tanjung Benoa, Bali Boating Accident

(1/30/2012) Tragedy was narrowly averted at in South Bali on Sunday, January 22, 2012, when a banana boat collided with a glass bottom boat in the Wisata Tirta Water Recreation Area at Tanjung Benoa.

As the result of that incident, five people were rushed for treatment at the BIMC Hospital and the Kasih Ibu Hospital.

A police spokesman confirmed the incident to DenPost , reporting that a glass-bottom boat driven by Herman Rudianto Ngajo (19) carrying 10 tourists had been named as a criminal suspect in the sea collision. Police went on to describe the incident in which 5 Chinese tourists boarded a banana boat drawn by a speed boat driven by Ardian Nguru Weo (23). The police said the glass-bottom boat struck the banana boat driven by the 19-year-old man from Bandar Lampung, South Sumatra.

"The glass-bottom boat with a capacity for ten passengers wanted to head for Turtle Island and suddenly turned left, striking the banana boat, sending its five passengers crashing into ocean.

One of the Chinese tourists, Lin Tzu Cun (28) was hospitalized with a leg fracture requiring surgery. Huang Hasin Yuan (35) suffered a broken arm and internal injuries. Thee remaining three passengers on the banana boat suffered superficial injuries not requiring hospitalization.