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Japanese divers found alive after going missing in Bali: Police

Published on Feb 17, 2014 4:30 PM
This handout photo released by Indonesia's national search and rescue agency on Feb 16, 2014, shows an Indonesian rescue boat searching for seven Japanese tourists near Nusa Lembongan who went missing during their third dive near the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida south-east of Bali on Feb 14. Four divers were found alive on Monday, Feb 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP/INDONESIAN SAR

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - Four Japanese scuba divers were found alive on Monday in waters off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, three days after going missing, police said, although there was no news of three others who were with them.

A huge search swung into action after the seven women went missing on Friday during their third dive of the day from the island of Nusa Lembongan, just east of Bali.

Rescue efforts were hampered by poor weather on Monday, with a helicopter only able to join the search in the afternoon after being grounded by heavy rain and strong winds in the morning.

But around 3.30pm local time, four of the women were found alive in waters some 300m off the coast of Nusa Penida, an island just south-east of Bali, said local police chief Nyoman Suarsika.

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