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Saturday 19 August 2017

Two Irish people on Bali ferry explosion which killed two tourists

35 people on board when the blast took place

Hospital workers assist a foreign tourist who was injured from an explosion on a ferry boat traveling from the island of Bali to Lombok, at Penta Medika Hospital, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesian September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto
Hospital workers assist a foreign tourist who was injured from an explosion on a ferry boat traveling from the island of Bali to Lombok, at Penta Medika Hospital, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesian September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto
A police forensic team examines a ferry boat which was carrying tourists from the island of Bali to Lombok following an explosion on board, at Padangbai port, Bali, Indonesia September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto
The Gili Cat II ferry, which exploded between Bali and Lombok Jahmin Lerum / Youtube screengrab

Irish people have been caught up in an explosion on board a tourist boat in Bali in which two people were killed

Two tourists died and around 20 people were injured when the ferry blew up near a port in the east of the island, Associated Press reported.

Hospital workers assist a foreign tourist who was injured from an explosion on a ferry boat traveling from the island of Bali to Lombok, at Penta Medika Hospital, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesian September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto
Hospital workers assist a foreign tourist who was injured from an explosion on a ferry boat traveling from the island of Bali to Lombok, at Penta Medika Hospital, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesian September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto

There were 35 people on board the Gili Cat II ferry when the explosion took place 200m from the Bali mainland.

"Two of them died, 13 were injured," Bali police spokesman Made Sudana said, adding the explosion happened off the coast of Lombok.

"It seems there was some sort of explosion on the boat, so there was an emergency with the engine."

However a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said that they have “no immediate concerns for any Irish citizens”.

A police forensic team examines a ferry boat which was carrying tourists from the island of Bali to Lombok following an explosion on board, at Padangbai port, Bali, Indonesia September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto
A police forensic team examines a ferry boat which was carrying tourists from the island of Bali to Lombok following an explosion on board, at Padangbai port, Bali, Indonesia September 15, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto

No official request for consular assistance has been made but officials remain ready to provide assistance if required he added.

Tourists on board included Australian, Korean, British, French, and German citizens, according to media.

Local police spokesperson Made Sudana told Associated Press that 13 people had been injured in the explosion, which appeared to be caused by an engine fault.

“It seems there was some sort of explosion on the boat, so there was an emergency with the engine,” she said.

The boat was on its way to the Gili Islands, a popular tourist destination due to their warm seas and long, white beaches.

Regional police chief Sugeng Sudarso told the Sydney Morning Herald all causes of the blast were being considered, with a forensics team and bomb squad investigating the incident.

However, the ferry's captain had noticed the engine smoking before the fuel tank blew up, he said.

“One of the passengers died from bad injuries after being hit by boat debris that also caused injuries in others,” Mr Sudarso told reporters.

Graphic images of one unidentified female passenger with severe injuries was posted on social media, in which it appeared she had lost her feet in the blast.

Police are questioning the boat's captain after the explosion, which took place at around 9:30 local time close to Padang Bai harbour on the east coast of Bali.

Tourists on board included Australian, Korean, British, French, and German citizens, according to media.

The Gili Cat and its sister boat Gili Cat II are high-speed boats marketed to tourists which take people from the Bali mainland to the Gili islands.

They are about five times the price of the regular ferry, but much faster, making them a popular option for tourists having a quick stay on the islands.

Bali and neighbouring Lombok are two of Indonesia's most popular holiday destinations, with 1.5 million foreign tourists visiting Bali in the first five months of 2015, according to Indonesia Investments.

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