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Rescued Japanese divers were clinging to coral reef off Bali; 2 still missing

Published on Feb 18, 2014 11:21 AM

SEMAWANG, Indonesia (AFP) - Five Japanese scuba divers were rescued on Monday after being found clinging to a coral reef in rough waters off the Indonesian resort island of Bali three days after they went missing, officials said.

Fishermen spotted the divers, among seven women who went missing on Friday, some 20km from where they set off for a diving expedition but could not rescue them because the waves were too high.

They alerted authorities and the first to be rescued was Saori Furukawa, who was picked up by a helicopter, Bali search and rescue chief Didi Hamzar said.

"She seemed in quite good health and even helped me search for the others after she was rescued," said helicopter pilot Dian Bashari.

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