After Amazing Rescue, Diver Found Dead

Earlier stories point to 2 divers found alive
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2014 6:33 AM CST
After Amazing Rescue, Diver Found Dead
Indonesian volunteers carry a surviving Japanese diver who had been missing since Friday, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Five Japanese scuba divers who'd been missing for days turned up yesterday; reports later in the day fueled hope for the two still missing, with local police saying fishermen had found the two on a cliff some 16 feet over the water but couldn't reach them in the darkness, per the Wall Street Journal. The news this morning was not so encouraging: The body of a diver has been found off Nusa Penida island, southeast of Bali, reports CNN.

"We are convinced that the body belongs to one of the two missing Japanese divers, based on the diver's characteristics," a search and rescue official tells Australia Network News; Japan News says the body was reportedly clad in a suit like that of the other women. Officials had no information on the final diver. Meanwhile, details are emerging on how the five who were rescued survived. "For three days they drink rain, only drink, no food," a doctor says. But "their medical condition is good." (More Japan stories.)

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