Five of seven missing female Japanese scuba divers rescued in Bali

Tokyo, Feb. 18: Five of the seven female Japanese scuba divers, who went missing off Bali, have been rescued after they were found a dozen miles away from their last dive site clinging to a reef on the southern coast of Nusa Penida island.

The rescued scuba divers have been identified as Saori Furukawa, 37, Aya Morizono, 27, Emi Yamamoto, 33, Nahomi Tomita, 28, and Atsumi Yoshidome, 29.

Rescue officials in Bali said that the five divers had suffered minor abrasions but their condition was not serious.

According to the Japan Times, the female divers were spotted by fishermen in the afternoon some 20 km away from their last known diving point, which was near adjacent Nusa Lembongan island, but were unable to reach them due to high waves.

Rudi Tjandi, an official from the Bali disaster agency said that there were five found atop a large coral reef at Manta Point, adding that since the waves and current were quite strong, the fishermen who spotted them couldn’t approach.

Meanwhile, the search to find the remaining two divers, identified as Ritsuko Miyata, 59, and Shoko Takahashi, 35, will continue until Tuesday. (ANI)