Indonesia Tsunami – Australians surfers safe and well

Nine Australians and a Japanese man were in the area aboard surf charter boat MV Southern Cross when the quake struck.
Fears had been growing for the vessel, skippered by Australian Chris Scurrah and Japanese Akinori Fujita.

But the men finally made contact with their Padang-based company Sumatran Surfariis (Surfariis) on Tuesday night.
“They are now safe, they have been found,” staff member Yuli Rahmi told AAP.
“They only lost their phone signal, they didn’t even feel any tsunami.”
The men were now on land on the island of South Pagai
, Ms Rahmi said.

Earlier, humanitarian organisation SurfAid International had been coordinating a search for the vessel.

Read the full Nine News article from the Australian TV station

The story before

Nine Australians and a Japanese man who were believed to be aboard the Southern Cross were missing on Tuesday.
The missing group of surfers were on a traditional wooden boat, the Southern Cross, skippered by an Australian Chris Scurrah and Japanese Akinori Fujita.
SurfAid, a charity set up a decade ago to help villagers in the Mentawai region, said the boat was believed to be close to the quake’s epicentre.
Dave Jenkins, SurfAid’s founder, said Scurrah had “been around here for a long time. He knew to contact in if he could. So that’s why we’re extra concerned.”
A search and rescue mission for the Southern Cross had been launched, Jenkins said.
“We do have increasingly worrying reports of quite high numbers of people who are missing in villages,” he said, adding that he hopes to have accurate information on the missing boat by Wednesday.
Australia waited anxiously for news of its missing nationals.

The remote Mentawai islands are popular with surfers searching for big waves and pristine beaches.
Read the full Nine News Australia report here

 

 

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