Missing Japanese diver found

Bali - The body of a Japanese scuba diver was found on Tuesday floating off the coast of the Indonesian island of Bali four days after she went missing, a rescue agency official said.

The diver was among seven women who disappeared after setting off on a diving expedition on Friday from Nusa Lembongan island, just east of Bali.

An ambulance carrying rescued Japanese divers, reported missing, is pictured at Semawang beach in Bali in this still image taken from a video. Picture: Reuters TV. Credit: Reuters

Five of the women were rescued on Monday after being spotted clinging on to a coral reef off the neighbouring island of Nusa Penida.

“We are convinced that the body belongs to one of the two missing Japanese divers, based on the diver's characteristics,” Bali search and rescue chief Didi Hamzar told AFP.

“The female body was found at 6.10pm (10.10 GMT)” floating off Serangan beach in southern Bali, Hamzar said.

He said that the body had been sent to a hospital in the Balinese capital Denpasar for an autopsy.

Officials did not have any news of the seventh missing diver.