A dead body believed to be one of seven Japanese women who went on a scuba diving trip in Indonesia’s resort island Bali and went missing over the weekend was found floating near a beach on Tuesday evening, with the physical features of the woman almost unrecognizable after four days of being in the water. The dead diver is believed to be Ritsuko Miyata, 59 years old, part of the group whose 5 members were rescued successfully on Monday.
It was earlier believed that the 2 other divers had been found and were alive, but these most recent reports confirm that the police have identified the body to be that of Miyata. “The body belongs to one of the two missing Japanese divers, based on the diver’s characteristics,” Bali search and rescue chief Didi Hamzar said in an interview. The body was found at 6:10 pm, floating off Serangan beach in southern Bali, Hamzar added. The body had now been taken to a hospital in Denpasar – capital of Bali – for an autopsy.
The search is still ongoing for the final diver, but as days pass, hopes are fading that the final diver would survive in an area not only known to be a mecca for scuba divers for its stunning underwater beauty, but also known for its strong currents. Local fishermen had earlier found five of the women clinging to a coral reef on Monday, around 20 kilometers from where they started their dive tour. Rescuers had to use a helicopter and lifeboat to get them to safety because of the rough waters.
[via BBC News]