A boating accident that killed seven people has overshadowed the visit of Dutch royal couple Willem-Alexander and Maxima to Indonesia. According to the authorities, the accident happened during a preparatory trip to a planned destination for the couple on the island of Borneo. Two boats collided with a river in Palangkaraya.
Twenty people were rescued, rescue spokesman Yusuf Latief said on Tuesday. On one boat were park rangers, on the other guards of the Indonesian president. Among the seven dead, Yusuf said, was the local military chief.
Willem-Alexander and Maxima (48), 52, arrived in Indonesia on Monday. A visit to Palangkaraya was scheduled for Wednesday. There, the couple wanted to learn more about the protection of the rainforest.
Indonesia was under Dutch colonial rule for more than 300 years. Since independence in 1945, the Muslim-majority island state has been a presidential republic.