Blast on Bali boat: Two Irish tourists thought to be uninjured

Blast on Bali boat: Two Irish tourists thought to be uninjured
Police investigators examine the Gili Cat 2 boat following the explosion. Picture: AP

A German woman has died in an explosion on a tourist boat in Bali. Two Irish people are understood to have been on the boat.

Around 20 people were reportedly injured on the ferry in the east of the island.

The Irish tourists are not believed to have been among the injured tourists.

A faulty battery may have sparked the blast, which happened just 200 metres from the departure port of Padang Bai harbour, reports suggested.

The Gili Cat 2 speedboat had more than 40 people on board, all of whom have been evacuated with the injured being treated at a local medical centre, Karangasem police chief Bambang Sudarso told reporters.

"One of the passengers died from bad injuries after being hit by boat debris that also caused injuries in others," he said.

The boat was travelling to the small island of Gili Trawangan, off neighbouring Lombok, and was carrying tourists from Britain, Australia, Germany, France and South Korea.

Police are now questioning the boat's captain.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said they were aware of the incident but there had been no request for consular assistance.


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