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Bali boat captain held over Japanese divers' accident

Published on Feb 20, 2014 8:39 PM
 
Rescued Japanese tourists (from left) Nahomi Tomita, Atsumi Yoshinobe, Emi Yamamoto and Aya Morizono attend a press conference at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali on Feb 20, 2014. Indonesian police have arrested the captain of a boat that took the group on an ill-fated expedition off Bali in which at least one woman died, an official said Thursday, Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian police have arrested the captain of a boat that took a group of Japanese divers on an ill-fated expedition off Bali in which at least one woman died, an official said Thursday.

The man has been named a suspect and is accused of "negligence which caused the loss of life" by leaving the female divers alone in the open seas during the trip, said Handoyo Supeno of Bali marine police.

The news came as officials called off the search for the final missing diver, Ms Shoko Takahashi - one of seven women who took part in the expedition which set off last Friday from an island east of Bali.

The divers quickly became lost and drifted for miles in stormy seas before five of them managed to clamber onto rocks in the ocean and were rescued three days later.

 
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