In­done­sia vows ac­tion against Bri­tish firm for dam­ag­ing reefs

New Straits Times - - World -

SORONG: In­done­sia yes­ter­day vowed to take ac­tion af­ter a Bri­tish-owned cruise ship smashed into pris­tine coral reefs and caused ex­ten­sive dam­age, as res­i­dents of the pop­u­lar tourist site lamented “par­adise” had been ru­ined.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Jusuf Kalla de­manded that the Cale­do­nian Sky’s op­er­a­tor pay com­pen­sa­tion as au­thor­i­ties said a crim­i­nal act could have been com­mit­ted and they might seek the ex­tra­di­tion of the ship’s cap­tain.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened ear­lier this month when the 4,200tonne ship smashed into the reefs at low tide around Kri, one of hun­dreds of small is­lands in Raja Am­pat. It be­came grounded on the reefs and only re­floated later on a high tide. Nu­mer­ous at­tempts to free it us­ing a tug boat failed, and only caused fur­ther dam­age to the corals. AFP

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