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Women and Children First

Passengers and Crew Suffer Injuries as Sea Horse Ekpres Boat Catches Fire on Trip from Bali to Nusa Lembongan

(7/7/2013) The State News Agency and Beritabali.com report a speedboat with a large group of passengers on board caught fire while traveling from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

The boat, powered by outboard motor, was operated by Sea Horse Ekpres and captained by Kadek Indrawan (33).

The accident sent five people, including a French tourist, to the hospital.
At least three of those injured were Balinese men while the French woman, Monched, was warded with her injuries at the BIMC Hospital.

The fire started moments after departing Sanur Beach, with many passengers and crew jumping into the sea in panic.

The fire was quickly extinguished by the crew, limiting the damage to the boat.

Initial investigations indicate the engines driving the boat suffered a short circuit sparking the fire.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and continue to question the Captain and his crew.