Luxury sailing yacht sank in Indonesian waters, crew rescued

Luxury sailing yacht ASIA with 4 crew on board, including two Brits, sank on Nov 22 in Indonesian waters, most probably in Banda sea, after hitting an unidentified object. All crew went into RHIB and shortly after were picked up by marine police, no injures reported. Yacht was en route from Kalabahi, Alor Island, Indonesia, Banda sea, to Phuket Island, Thailand.
Luxury sailing yacht ASIA, MMSI 533110251, length 29 meters, 10 guests, 4 crew, flag Malaysia, owners Paul and Debbie Johnson (skipper and chief officer), for charter. For more details and photos visit



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