An Australian resident and his French companion have spent the night stranded on a remote Indonesian island after their yacht struck bad weather at sea. Their vessel is understood to have hit large waves off the coast of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan.
Sade Bimantara, first secretary at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, told the ABC the duo were set to be rescued early on Friday evening (Indonesian time).
The Indonesian search and rescue agency, Basarnas, learned of the couple's plight on Thursday morning, after a distress signal was passed along, he said. “[The distress call] said a ship has been hit by waves and it has broken into two,” Mr Bimantara said. “And that the two crew boarded a life raft.”
Mr Bimantara said the couple swam the raft to a nearby island where they ended up staying overnight with a group of villagers.
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