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2 Presumed Lost as Search Abandoned for Survivors of Komodo Cruise Boat Sinking Near Sangeang Island

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Komodo, Sangeang Island, Victor Garcia Montes, Forcase Ikan Biru Star
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(8/25/2014) reports that Indonesian Search and Rescue workers have abandoned the search for two missing Spanish men missing after their live-aboard dive boat sunk off Sangeang Island, north of the island of Sumbawa, near the Komodo National Park.

The search was called off on August 23, 2014, one week after the boat sunk while brining a group of 20 foreign tourists and 5 crew to Komodo on August 16, 2014.

The remaining 23 crew and passengers on board the Forcase Ikan Biru Star were rescued by local fishermen and Search and Rescue workers who found them floating in the ocean in the 2 days following the sinking.

The ship carried 5 Indonesian comprises of a Captain, two crew and two tour guides - all were among those rescued.

3 rescues boats and 3 local fishing boats have been scouring the area for one week prior to calling off the search.

"We found no sign of the men at all. There are many fishermen in the area looking out for them, and they will continue to do so, even though we've ended our official search," said local search and rescue chief Budiman, quoted by Agence France-Presse.

The names of the two missing Spaniards was not available from Search and Rescue teams, but Spanish media report the Spanish Foreign Ministry has identified one of the men as a 43-year-old lawyer Victor Garcia Montes from Seville.

13 of the 22 survivors were rescued from the ship’s lifeboat that held only seven people; necessitating that 6 took turns swimming alongside the lifeboat until they were rescued.

The remaining 10 survivors managed to swim some 5 kilometers to safety on Sangeang Island where they ate foliage and drank their own urine awaiting rescue. The two missing man were among the group who opted to swim to shore, but became separated from the group and remain missing.

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