Hopes rise for Japan divers missing off Bali after 5 rescued
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian police said on Tuesday they believe villagers on Bali have spotted two Japanese scuba divers alive four days after they went missing, following the astonishing rescue of five others in the same group.
A huge search swung into action on Friday when the group of female divers disappeared after setting out on a diving expedition from Nusa Lembongan, just east of the resort island of Bali.
As days passed hopes faded that any of the women, all experienced divers, would be found alive in an area known for its stunning underwater beauty but also strong, unpredictable currents.
But fishermen found five of the women clinging to a coral reef in rough waters on Monday, some 20km from where they set off, and rescuers plucked them to safety in a helicopter and lifeboat.