Two New Zealanders rescued after a boat travelling through
eastern Indonesia sank have been identified.
While the search for up to 15 missing foreign tourists
continues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has
spoken to the two rescued New Zealanders
A spokesman said: "The NZ Embassy in Jakarta has spoken to
two New Zealanders who were onboard the ferry and has
confirmed their wellbeing.
"They have requested privacy."
The couple have been named by officials at the scene as Tony
Francis Lawton, 52, and Gaylene Cheryl Wilkinson, 53, who
live in Takaka, at the southeastern end of Golden Bay in the
Ms Wilkinson was an outdoor education teacher at Golden Bay
High School before retiring last year after 20 years at the
"Our best wishes to her as she seeks more outdoor
adventures," the school said in farewelling her.
Mr Lawton is involved with the Tarakohe Marina Association
which represents the boats at the Golden Bay marina.
Reuters reported that 10 people were rescued after the ship
sank between Lombok Island and Komodo Island - home of the
Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard and a major tourist
A rescue official said the boat sank after hitting a reef in
Reuters quoted an Indonesian search and rescue official as
saying the boat had a crew of five Indonesians and was
carrying 20 foreigners.
Local fishermen rescued some people from the water.
Reuters said of the 10 people, two were from New Zealand and
Spain and one from Britain.
One survivor told AFP that some survivors managed to swim to
a nearby island.
"We were 5km from the coast. There were many big waves
separating us from the coast," said Frenchman Bertrand
"People started to panic. Everyone took the decision to swim
to the closest island, 5km away, where there was an erupting
After spending the night on the island, the group were
rescued by a passing boat on Sunday.
It is understood that there are no New Zealanders among the
The embassy is speaking to local authorities to try to find
out what happened.