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Germans rescued from drowned holiday cruise

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Germans rescued from drowned holiday cruise
Fishermen near the island of Komodo. Photo: DPA
08:46 CEST+02:00
Update: A group of tourists considered lost at sea for two days, including four Germans, were rescued from an Indonesian island on Sunday.

Two days after a boat carrying a group of tourists sunk between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Komodo, 13 missing passengers and crew were found on a nearby Sumbawa island, including four Germans.

One of the 13, Dutch national Jan van Ommen told AFP they were in the water for about 40 hours, rotating who got to sit in a life boat and who would float alongside wearing life jackets. 

According to Bild paper, two of the Germans were women from Fulda in the state of Hessen. 

Other passengers had been rescued from the water near the island of Sape, officials said at a news conference. Two Spanish passengers are still missing.

The boat, with 25 on board, hit a reef and sprung a leak. It was supposed to make a three day trip from the island of Lombok to Komodo. The boat went down slowly, breaking up into pieces as it sunk. 

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