Terrifying video has emerged of a speed boat capsizing off the coast of a popular Bali tourist destination.
The footage, which was uploaded to social media on Tuesday, shows the speedboat that was transporting 28 passengers from the island of Nusa Penida to the port of Sanur near Denpasar, appearing to sink.
Choppy grey waves lap at the boat as multiple people wearing lifejackets jump into the water.
Images from the incident were shared to facebook with the caption: “When boats get cancelled or there’s a bad weather warning …… DON’T try and find a cheap boat to get you across. !!!!
“What a scary ordeal for these travelers.”
About 28 passengers were on board when the boat hit strong waves just after 4pm local time on Tuesday, local reports said.
One of the passengers told the NCA newswire that the waves quickly overwhelmed the boat causing it to sink.
“The incident regarding the fast boat started from the weather,” the passenger said.
“The fast boat could not go against the current/ could not withstand very large waves so that the sea water could enter the ship.”
He said all passengers were now safe and there were no casualties.
Australian tourists have warned others about the risks with many sharing stories of their time at sea while visiting the hotspot.
“My husband and I had the most terrifying ride of our life going over to Lembongan in 2019- unfortunately it was the first and last time we will ever go there – most beautiful place – but OMG this was almost us!!,” one user wrote.
“If my husband wasn’t a marine engineer it would have been us!!!
“Sitting at the airport a few days later – news broadcast of 2 people who died of the same waters with capsized boat!! There really needs to be better standards,” one woman wrote.
Another person said they had a similar experience about 12 years ago while returning from Gilli T.
“Never again, they cram people in and on top of boat…I was inside on window, swell was so bad it was coming right up side to top of boat, even the driver was worried and travelled as close to shore as he could.
“I was nearly 2 hours late leaving to come home…They should of cancelled but didn‘t..Would have more chance surviving being on top deck I reckon..”
“I vowed never to go on one of those boats again after a horrific trip to Gili T when the captain got on his knees and started to pray omg,” a fourth person said.
“By the way we coming across shipping lane which was even worse. These boat operators have probably no insurance no regular maintenance and probably owned by some outside company.”
NCA NewsWire has reached out to the Department of Foreign Affairs for comment.