A Mentawai boat charter, KM Indian Ocean, burned in the Bungus Harbour, Padang, West Sumatra on Saturday afternoon around 18:50pm. It happened not long after they dropped anchor at Port of Bungus.
The police went to the location but the boat was about 2 miles out at the sea and they could not do much to stop the fire. The crew reported a fire in the back where the engine is and they tried to stop it with water but it was not enough.
The Indie Explorer is owned by a couple of an Australian and his wife, an Indonesian from Padang. The police estimate the value of the boat, now burned, around US$ 180.000.