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Families arrive on Bali as search for Japanese divers resumes

Published on Feb 17, 2014 11:45 AM
Indonesian volunteers prepare to go and search for seven Japanese divers missing from a beach in Sanur on Bali island on Feb 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - Distraught relatives of seven Japanese divers who went missing near Bali three days ago arrived on the Indonesian resort island on Monday as the search resumed in bad weather.

Around 100 searchers have been combing the seas since the five tourists and two instructors – all women – went missing on Friday during their third dive of the day from the island of Nusa Lembongan, just east of Bali.

Some relatives of the missing women arrived in Bali on Sunday, Japanese consular officials said, while a distressed husband of one of the divers was seen on Sanur beach, but did not want to speak to reporters.

“I’m praying for her safety,” the mother of missing instructor Shoko Takahashi told reporters in Japan on Sunday before leaving for Bali, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun daily.

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