Ship carrying journalists covering Jokowi’s trip to Labuan Bajo flips over, no casualty reported

Jokowi had already left Labuan Bajo while several journalists stayed behind to visit an island. Photo: Istimewa via Antara
Jokowi had already left Labuan Bajo while several journalists stayed behind to visit an island. Photo: Istimewa via Antara

A phinisi sailing vessel carrying a group of reporters covering President Joko Widodo’s visit to Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) flipped over earlier today after it was reportedly hit by a strong wave. 

“Suddenly there was a big wind and a strong wave and in seconds the ship just flipped,” Desca Natalia, a reporter with state news agency Antara who was on board the ship, said.

Johannes Bangun, spokesman of NTT Police, told Kompas that there are no casualties in the incident.

Meanwhile, Presidential Secretariat spokesman Bey Machmudin explained that Jokowi had already left Labuan Bajo while several journalists stayed behind to visit an island. The incident occurred on their trip back to Labuan Bajo.

Bey said that the ship’s crew and its passengers were treated to a medical examination soon after they were rescued, with no indication of any major injuries. Some of the journalists’ belongings, including cameras, phones, and other reporting gear, were lost in the sea.

President Jokowi arrived in Labuan Bajo on Sunday, where he examined tourism developments in the area. 

In a tweet, Jokowi highlighted that Labuan Bajo is being developed as a “super premium tourism destination,” as it seeks to attract tourists that “spend more than ordinary visitors.”

In a tweet, Jokowi highlighted that Labuan Bajo is being developed as a “super premium tourism destination,” as it seeks to attract tourists that “spend more than ordinary visitors.” 

As Coconuts previously reported, that might mean an annual membership charge of US$1,000 for foreign tourists to see big Komodo dragons. 

In addition, Jokowi reaffirmed plans of preparing Labuan Bajo to become Indonesia’s hub for international summits in the future, such as the G-20 Meeting or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. 


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