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Boat Capsizes in Indonesia, Killing 10 Tourists

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | August 21, 2016

Boat Capsizes in Indonesia, Killing 10 Tourists

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A group of local tourists in Indonesia died Sunday when the small wooden boat they were in capsized and sank on its way to Penyengat Island, the Associated Press reported. 

Two children and eight adults died in the incident, AP said. Five people are still missing.

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The boat overturned in rough waters off Indonesia's Bintan Island, which is south of Singapore, Indonesian officials told AP.

Search and rescue personnel, maritime police and the Navy searched for survivors and were able to rescue two people, according to the news service. Officials have deployed about 20 ships and 50 fishing boats in the search for survivors.

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Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AP that strong currents and high waves were making rescue efforts more difficult. He said some of the passengers tried to swim to safety but didn’t survive the 10-foot waves.

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