Monday 11 December 2017

Rescued diver tells of coconut survival diet

Indonesian volunteers carry a Japanese diver
Indonesian volunteers carry a Japanese diver

Danielle Demetriou, Tokyo

One of five Japanese divers rescued after going missing near Bali has described how they survived on rainwater and floating coconuts for three days.

Saori Furukawa (37) was among seven women diving off the south-east coast of Bali last Friday when the weather turned and they were dragged off course by strong currents.

Five of them were rescued on Monday. The body of Ritsuko Miyata (59), one of the remaining divers, was found on Tuesday 19 miles from the rest of the group. The search continued yesterday for Shoko Takahashi, a 35-year-old Bali-based diving instructor.

It was on Friday afternoon, at the end of the group's third dive of the day, that Ms Furukawa and the six others reportedly came to the surface to see that the weather had abruptly changed and there was no sign of their boat.

As the hours passed while they awaited rescue, they apparently quenched their thirst by drinking from coconuts they found floating on the surface of the water.

Ms Furukawa broke away from the group on Saturday morning hoping to bring help after spotting a tugboat, but failed to reach it as a result of currents which swept her away. On Monday morning the rescue team found her lying on a sandy shoreline and she was immediately transported to hospital by helicopter. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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