Rescuers on Sunday continued the search for the 7 missing Japanese divers who disappeared last Friday from the resort island of Bali in Indonesia. The five tourists and two diving instructors who were based there were all experienced divers according to the Japanese Consulate General in Denpasar.
The seven missing women were identified as Ritsuko Miyata, 59; Emi Yamamoto, 33; Nahomi Tomita, 28; Aya Morizono, 27; Atsumi Yoshinobe, 29; Shoko Takahashi, 29; and Saori Furukawa, 27. They went on their third dive near the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, southeast of Bali, on Friday afternoon, according to the local Japanese deputy consul general, Yasue Katsunobu. The boat was following them the first 20 minutes, but a sudden downpour made the water cloudy. When they did not resurface after some time, the boat’s skipper tried searching for them for an hour before he finally called the police. He said this was the first time something like this had happened since he started guiding people there in 2009. The Japanese consul said these women were very experienced divers having made at least 50 dives each.
Around 100 search and rescue staff and volunteers, including local fishermen and other Japanese diving instructors, joined the mission, but they had to call it off by Saturday at around 3:00 PM because of the bad weather conditions. But according to Amtarama, a Bali rescue official, they resumed the search on Sunday and have expanded the area covered. They have also included seven official boats and a helicopter to help them locate the missing divers.
[ via Daily Times ]