Monday, February 17, 2014

Five Japanese divers rescued near Nusa Penida

Search and rescue (SAR) workers rescued five female Japanese divers on Monday amid bad weather that had hampered rescue efforts. Two other divers remain missing.
Rescuers from the Denpasar National SAR Agency (Basarnas) first evacuated Furukawa Saori, 37, who was airlifted by helicopter.
Furukawa, one of the seven female divers from Japan who went missing on Friday, was rushed to the Kasih Ibu Hospital in Kedonganan.
Denpasar Basarnas chief Didi Hamzar said the helicopter carried two rescuers who got off the helicopter at two separate places.
The agency also deployed a rubber dinghy.
Didi said the divers were located 200 meters and 300 meters from Manta Point, a diving spot near Nusa Penida Island.
“The location was difficult, near a 70-meter cliff,” he said at a press conference.
Four other divers were rescued by the rubber dinghy.
The four divers arrived at Semawang at Sanur Beach, Denpasar, at 8:23 p.m. local time (7:23 p.m. Jakarta time) and were immediately taken to Sanglah General Hospital.
The divers were identified as Yamamoto Emi, 33, Tomita Nahomi, 29, Morizono Aya, 60, and Yoshidome Atsumi, 29.
Didi said the search for the two other divers would continue on Tuesday (TheJakartaPost)

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