5 Missing Japanese Scuba Divers Found Off Bali

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Correction appended Feb. 19, 2014; 12:00 a.m. EST

Five of the seven Japanese scuba divers who went missing on Friday have resurfaced alive off the coast of the Indonesian island of Bali.

According to the Guardian, the group drifted through 20 km of open sea, buffeted by wind, rain and powerful currents. Three days later fishermen spotted the survivors clinging atop a coral reef. They were rescued later on Monday and treated for abrasions, severe sunburn and dehydration.

The sixth member of the diving team was found dead on Tuesday, floating off of the southeastern tip of the holiday island. Indonesian rescue workers have yet to determine the whereabouts of the seventh member, according to the BBC.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the number of survivors based on a inaccurate police report that stated that all had been rescued. Officials mistook two of their own staff, waving at a distance, for the two remaining divers. They later amended the number of survivors to five.


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