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Re: Four divers went missing in Borneo Island
« Reply #1 on: 17 Aug 15, 14:51 »
Based on latest local media report, they are still missing.

According to the official report. They finished their 3rd dive and couldn't find their speedboat on the surface. The local guide left his tank with the missing divers and tried to swim to shore to look for speedboat.

Due to the 2-3m wave and strong current, he didnt managed to reach shore and drifted for two hours. He was found drowned by a passing speedboat that was assisting to search the divers. He survived send to get medical attention at Derawan.

The diver's speedboat with the two snorkelers onboard went to the location and continue the search till late. Due to bad weather and rough sea, they were force to stop the search and overnight at Sangalaki at 11pm.

As of now, the divers are still missing. Hopefully, the divers are safe and stranded on one of the island there.





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Re: Four divers went missing in Borneo Island
« Reply #2 on: 20 Aug 15, 13:14 »
It is sad that no news update at all about the divers.

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Re: Four divers went missing in Borneo Island
« Reply #3 on: 28 Aug 15, 21:40 »
http://jakarta.coconuts.co/2015/08/27/search-called-foreign-divers-missing-borneo

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Rescuers have called off the search for four foreign tourists who went missing while scuba diving off Indonesian Borneo more than 10 days ago, an official said today.

A full-scale air and sea search was launched to try and locate the three Italians and one Belgian but the effort was abandoned after no trace of the divers was found.

"The search should have been called off after seven days by law, but we decided to extend it by three more," East Kalimantan search and rescue chief, Hendra Sudirman, told AFP.

The missing Europeans were part of a group of six tourists four divers and two snorkellers who set off for Sangalaki island, a popular dive spot in East Kalimantan province, on August 15.

After the four divers surfaced they asked their guide to swim to their boat and request the captain collect them from the water.

But on the way he encountered trouble and blacked out, Sudirman said. He was plucked from the water by a passing boat and taken to a clinic on shore.

The divers' boat, having taken the two snorkellers back to shore, returned to the area to search for the divers after it became apparent they had not returned.

"When he (the motorboat driver) went back, the divers were gone," Sudirman said.

He said there were strong currents and large waves in the area at the time.

Representatives from both the Belgian and Italian embassies, as well as family members of the victims, were present throughout the search and agreed it should be called off, Sudirman added.

Indonesia is a popular scuba diving destination in Asia but accidents have been reported in recent years.

Two Japanese divers died in a diving trip off the resort island of Bali in February last year.

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Re: Four divers went missing in Borneo Island
« Reply #5 on: 22 Sep 15, 22:19 »
i am sorry to hear that, pray for them, safe dive.