Updated: 02/18/2014 13:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Indonesia police believe final Japanese divers found alive

Indonesian police said Tuesday they believe that villagers on Bali have spotted two Japanese divers alive, following the dramatic rescue of five others in the missing group.


Indonesia police believe final Japanese divers found alive

A Japanese scuba diver is carried onto an ambulance after she is rescued in rough waters off Bali island on February 17, 2014 - by Sonny Tumbelaka

The group of female divers went missing on Friday after setting off for a diving expedition from Nusa Lembongan, just east of the resort island of Bali.

Five of them were found alive Monday clinging on to a coral reef near neighbouring Nusa Penida island. They were plucked to safety by boat and helicopter.

Nusa Penida police chief Nyoman Suarsika told AFP he believed the final two divers had been spotted alive near the area where the others were rescued.

"Villagers on a small island looking from the top of a hill reported to us that they saw two people on a coral reef last night," he said.

"The two people were sending distress signals by shining lights but it was too late to carry out a rescue.

"We believe they are the missing Japanese divers and they are alive. The coral is very steep. We have not been able to reach them yet."

The five women who have been rescued are all in hospital on Bali. They have suffered dehydration and sunburn but none is in a serious condition, doctors said.

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