Japanese divers missing in Bali: Rescuers in Indonesia have been searching for seven Japanese scuba divers who went missing off the popular resort island of Bali on Friday.
The search for the group, which includes five tourists and two locally-based Japanese instructors, was halted on Saturday evening after two days and will resume on Sunday morning, according to reports.
The group, all seven of whom are experienced divers, disappeared while exploring an area of mangroves near Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, small islands close to the southeast coast of Bali, said a police spokesman.
Weather conditions were reportedly bad at the time of their disappearance, with heavy winds and strong rains hitting the area.
“A helicopter was deployed … to spot victims who might be floating in the water. We have still not found any,” Didi Hamzar, chief of Bali search and rescue agency, told AFP.
“We are putting our best efforts and hopefully we can find them in safe conditions,” he added.
The Guardian news website reports that one body has been recovered that is believed to be one of the divers.
The group had gone on two diving trips Friday morning but failed to return following a third trip in the afternoon.
Government officials said all seven members of the group had completed at least 50 diving trips previously, and that the instructors knew the area, according to the Japanese Kyodo news agency.
The deputy consul general of Japan in Denpasar confirmed that the missing divers were Japanese and said he was “awaiting results of the search”.
Nusa Lembongan is part of the Coral Triangle, a popular scuba diving spot widely considered to be the world’s richest underwater wilderness.
Nusa Penida is popular with scuba divers because of crystal clear waters and rare Ocean Sunfish, but is known for treacherous currents. Fatal accidents have occurred there before.