The luxury scuba diving liveaboard Indo Siren has been destroyed by fire near the Piaynemo Islands, Raja Ampat. All 15 guests and 16 crew on board were safely evacuated and there are no reports of injuries.
According to local reports, the fire broke out at around 7.45am on the morning of November 30, as the vessel was departing from Waigeo Island on its way to Fam.
Indo Siren was a popular choice for divers exploring Raja Ampat, regularly voted one of the best liveaboards in one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. A 40m-long wooden-hulled motorised sailing yacht of the traditional Indonesian Phinisi design, she had been part of Master Liveaboards fleet since her launch in 2011.
Master Liveaboards said in a statement:
‘During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, a fire broke out on the Indo Siren on the morning of Nov 30, fire broke out on the Indo Siren. At this time, we are still reviewing the events surrounding the incident. We are working closely with the authorities, so we are unable to make any further any further comments at this time.
‘All guests and staff have left the ship without further incident. They are now with our staff who have organized accommodation while we take care of all other needs.
‘We are in the process of assessing the problems caused by the fire for future voyages. trips. Guests who may be affected by any cancellations or changes will be informed of the plans in good time. We are immensely grateful that this incident was not serious and that everyone on board, both crew and guests, are safe and well.’