Indonesian Tourist Boat Sinks - 15 Missing
He said he did not know the fate of the other 15 people on the vessel, which had a crew of five Indonesians and was carrying 20 foreigners.
The vessel left Lombok on Thursday night and sank on Saturday about 7 pm local time "and we only received a report at 8 am (on Sunday)," said Suryaman, adding that poor communication caused a delay in deploying a search-and-rescue team.
Local fishermen rescued five people before the team arrived, he said.
Tajudin Sam, who runs the tour company operating the boat, said it likely encountered stormy weather.
A boat ride from Lombok to Komodo can take three days.
Komodo is famous for its monitor lizards, which draw many tourists.
By Chris Nusatya