Boat carrying divers overturns in Nusa Penida waters

A boat carrying tourists flipped over on Monday after getting hit by strong waves in Nusa Penida, a small island to the east of Bali. 

The boat, the Nautilus, had taken tourists from Nusa Lembongan to Manta Point, a popular Nusa Penida spot for diving and snorkeling. 

Passengers were preparing for the dive around 8:15 am at Manta Point when waves, as high as three meters, apparently rocked the boat repeatedly, ultimately tipping it over. 

The boat’s captain, one crew member, two guides, and four foreign tourists all fell into the water, according to a Tribun Bali report 

Fortunately there were other boats at Manta Point that quickly helped all eight people from the overturned boat. 

Nusa Penida district leader I Gusti Agung Gede Putra Mahajaya confirmed the sinking of the Nautilus, saying that there were no victims, on Monday to local media. 

“The passengers are safe and there are no casualties. The boat overturned then was evacuated to Crystal Bay waters,” Mahajaya said. 

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