A British-owned cruise ship carrying hundreds of tourists has crashed into one of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs, sparking outrage from locals.
The 4,290-tonne Caledonian Sky caused “irreparable damage” in Raja Ampat, an idyllic island chain in the west of Indonesia’s Papua province.
The ship, owned by British company Noble Caledonia, was hosting a bird-watching trip on earlier this month when it veered off course, running aground during low tide and ploughing into the coral.
Roughly 1,600 square meters of the “underwater Amazon” is thought to have been damaged in the incident.
Ruben Sauyai, a local diving instructor, told the BBC he was in