MV Versace Amara Sinks with 20 Passengers 5 Crew Off The Island Of Sangeang, Indonesia – Around 0100 hours on Saturday, August 16, 2014, the yacht MV Versace Amara sunk, off the coast of uninhabited volcanic island Sangeang in Indonesia.
MV Versace Amara was on a four-night cruise with 20 European passengers from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Spain, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, some who are reportedly students, the captain, three crew members and a guide aboard when the yacht sailing to various dive locations, struck a reef and sunk in the Flores Sea
MV Versace Amara was on a cruise from from Lombok in the province of West Nusa Tenggara which is located in the western portion of the Lesser Sunda Islands and ending in Labuan Bajo, in East Nusa Tenggara. The nearest town from the location of the MV Versace Amara is Bima on the island of Sumbawa. Survivors say the ship hit a reef, was stuck, then floated off at high tide. With the hole in the hull causes from the reef grounding the ship slowly began to take on water.
Thirteen people were found in the sea near Sape, District Sape, Bima others were picked up by local fishermen, two persons who were missing, were found after spending a night sea in reportedly high waves.
One survivor told authorities there was no radio on the boat, no GPS, no navigation charts and some life jackets were not working. A call for help was never place, so the rescue was greatly delayed.
Two survivors from New Zealand who made it to the island of Sangeang after spending 11 hours sitting atop the sinking boat, said the volcano was spitting lava and smoke all night as they awaited rescue and they drank their own urine to survive.
Ten people were rescued on Sunday, including five passengers, the crew and guide. Another thirteen were rescued on Monday, with two people reportedly still missing.