|Missing divers found alive|
Posted by on June 06, 2008 at 22:39:01:|
In Reply to: Indonesian police say all five missing European divers found alive on a remote island posted by on June 06, 2008 at 22:35:30:
hree Britons missing after failing to return from a diving trip off Bali have been found alive, the husband of one of the divers has confirmed.
Ernest Leandowski, husband of Kathleen Mitchinson who was leading the dive off the coast of Indonesia, said all five missing divers, including the three Britons, had been found alive.
"They have been found, they are alive and they are now on their way to get medical assistance. That is all I can say at this stage as I have not yet spoken to my wife," he said.
Britons Mrs Mitchinson, Charlotte Allin and James Manning, along with two other divers believed to be from France and Sweden, had been missing since 3pm local time (8am BST) on Thursday.
The alarm was raised after the group failed to return following a dive off the remote Komodo National Park in Indonesia.
The Foreign Office said reports that the group had been found by Indonesian fishermen appeared to be correct.
Dave Allin, the father of one of the missing divers Charlotte Allin, said: "We know that they have been found. It is fantastic news. It has been a very long night.
"I haven't spoken to Charlotte yet and we don't know what their medical condition is - they have been floating out there for two days. We are still waiting for news of how they are."
The diving expedition was organised by the Reefseekers diving centre, which is run by Mrs Mitchinson and based in Labuan Bajo, a small fishing town on the Indonesian island of Flores.
The waters off the isolated park are attractive to divers but the area boasts strong and unpredictable currents which can create challenging conditions.
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