Indonesian police have taken into custody the captain of the boat that took seven Japanese divers on an unfortunate trip that claimed the life of one of them. Five of the seven women who joined the expedition have already been rescued while one has already been found dead and retrieved by the authorities. The search for the remaining missing diver has been called off as it has been days since the incident.
Marine police head Handoyo Supeno said that they have apprehended the captain of the boat and named him as a suspect after hearing the statements of those rescued. They said they were diving for 30 minutes but when they resurfaced, the captain and the boat were not there, which matches some witness reports that the boat went off to refuel. He said, “We named the boat captain a suspect as he has (committed) negligence which caused the loss of life.” They are also investigating the owner of the scuba company and one of the instructors on the trip, Saori Furukawa. The Japanese nationals based in Bali, however, have all the credentials and requirements to be an instructor and Supeno said that it’s a “slim possibility” she’ll be held accountable for the incident.
The group took off from the island Nusa Lembongan, east of Bali over the weekend. A storm, which suddenly appeared, rendered them helpless and drifted them for miles in the sea. Five of the seven were able to find rocks in which they stayed until they were rescued three days later. The four divers recounted how they encouraged one another by reminding everyone that they can continue hoping and waiting because it’s been 28 hours since they drifted from the boat. They repeatedly told one another “that we will go home alive.” They drank rainwater to survive and was rescued by boat in an area 20 kilometers away from where they set off.
[via Radio Australia]
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