14 Mar '17, 10am

British cruise ship damages pristine Indonesian coral reef - The Straits Times

SORONG, Indonesia (AFP) - A British-owned cruise ship has smashed into pristine coral reefs, causing extensive damage in a remote corner of Indonesia known as one of the world's most biodiverse marine habitats, researchers and officials said on Tuesday (March 13). Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia has long been a top attraction for intrepid travellers and avid divers, home to palm-fringed islands surrounded by an underwater kaleidoscope of coral and fish. But the 4,200-ton Caledonian Sky slammed into the reefs at low tide around Kri, one of hundreds of small islands in Raja Ampat, earlier this month after taking the tourists aboard on a bird-watching expedition. The boat, which was carrying 102 passengers and 79 crew, became grounded on the reefs and had to be refloated by a tug boat before continuing on its journey. The accident has damaged an estimated 13,500 sq m of coral...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/british-cruise-s...

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