2 dead after Bali tourist boat catches fire

Bali and the Gili Islands are both popular tourist destinations in Indonesia.

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  • The boat was about 200 meters from the port when fire broke out

(CNN)Two female foreign nationals died Thursday when the engine of a boat carrying 35 foreign passengers and four Indonesian crew caught fire off Bali, authorities said.

The speedboat was traveling from Padang Bai port in eastern Bali to nearby Gili Island when the fire broke out after 9:30 a.m. local time.
    The tourist vessel was roughly 600 feet (200 meters) from port when flames took hold, said Heronimus Guru, deputy of operations for the National Search and Rescue Agency.
    Eyewitness Dex De told CNN he works nearby and ran to the port when he heard the news. He said many of the passengers were injured.
    "Most of them were foreigners," he said. "Some were crying; some panicked."