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Two tourists die in Indon ferry accident

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

Two foreign tourists have been killed and about 20 other people were injured in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok.

Karangasem district police chief Sugeng Sudarso said the "Gili Cat 2'' fast boat had about 40 people including crew on board.

He said the dead are an Austrian woman and a woman of European nationality who police initially said was German.

No Australians are believed to have been involved.

Police have not yet determined the cause of the explosion, but a member of the forensics team investigating the scene said initial indications are it was an accident.

Sudarso said the explosion occurred after smoke was seen billowing from an engine.

Sudarso said the explosion, which occurred when the boat was about 200 metres from the port of departure, shattered its rear windows and upended seating.

"We are still questioning the boat captain while a forensic team is examining the scene to find of cause of the explosion,'' he said.

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

A manifest showed that passengers were from several countries including Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain.

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