Charter boat found safe after Mentawaiis Tsunami.

26 Oct 2010 0 Share

Wednesday AM update
Charter-boat skipper Chris Scurrah and eight other Australians aboard the Southern Cross have been found safe and well after Monday night’s Tsunami in the Mentawaii Islands, according to a ninemsn report this morning.

However, reports from the remote Island communities indicate that between 100-400 Indonesians may have lost their lives, with many more left homeless.

Check back later this morning for full report.


Tuesday PM story
Concerns for the safety of charter-boat skipper Chris Scurrah and a number of other Australians aboard the Southern Cross are growing after efforts to contact the vessel in the wake of last night’s Tsunami in the Mentawaii Islands continue to prove unsuccessful.

Surfaid representative, Milton Brown, said the aid organization had been desperately trying to raise the captain, who has worked extensively with them in the past, while organizing a relief effort on the ground.

“It sounds to me, from the reports that are starting to filter in, like there’s significant damage up there. [The tsunami] has gone up into the island of Sapora. I know that villages that we work in there have been significantly damaged.”

However, a report on Tracks Magazine’s website suggest the boat’s radio may not have been functional, and that the boat and it’s passengers may be unaware of events of the past 24 hours.

The extent of damage caused by the Tsumani to communities around the Macaronis resort remains unclear, but in an official press release, World Surfaris said the resort itself had “experienced a level of devastation that has rendered the resort inoperable”.

“We are still waiting to hear about Maccas resort, “ said David Scard from World Surfaris. “I guess the biggest thing at the moment is that they’re out there trying to look for Scuzza’s boat. That’s the most important thing at this stage, that everybody’s safe.”

Unconfirmed reports via Facebook from a surfer currently at the resort suggested that all villas had been “wiped out” by the tsunami.

While the quake was felt in Padang, reports from the Telo Islands and surf camps further south on the Sumatran mainland, suggested that the quake went unnoticed there.

The full extent of the damage to communities and infrastructure in the Mentawaii Islands is yet to be assessed, but Surfaid plan to launch a public appeal once they have information on any humanitarian assistance that may be required.

Check www.surfaidinternational.org for further information.

Just in...
Further unconfirmed Facebook information from contacts aboard the Freedom 3 indicate "no guests or local people were killed last night or this morning. The guests on the camp are still on the camp and are fine, and it sounds like D'Bora will be going back to pick them up once the weather backs off."

Further updates will be posted as they come to light.

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