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5 British Scuba Divers Lost and Found

June 8, 2008

My cousin and his wife, both experienced scuba divers, say it’s happened to them too. They were happily enjoying a dive in Thailand with several other people. One moment they could see the others and the next they couldn’t. Without realizing it they had been dragged out by a current.

He says there is nothing worse than that feeling of inadequacy, stupidity and fear. Though it had not been done on purpose (obviously) they had now put themselves in an unenviable position and were reliant on the keen eyes on their dive boat. Happily it didn’t take long to find them and no rescue party was needed, but they sympathize with anybody it happens to.

Komodo Dragons

Britons Charlotte Allin, James Manning, Kathleen Mitchinson, plus a French and a Swedish diver, had been exploring the waters near the Komodo National Park, Indonesia on Thursday

They were swept away by currents and found on a remote island 20 miles away. One diver said they had spent nine hours adrift, and later had had to scare off a Komodo dragon.

The group had tried to struggle against the current for several hours but stopped in a bid to conserve their energy.

They had then tried one more attempt to reach land on Thursday night after they saw an island in the distance, he said.

He said: “We were exhausted. Everyone had cramps.”

They were found on Saturday morning on the southern coast of Rinca island – about 20 miles south – by a rescue boat sent out by local dive centres after a two-day search involving the Indonesian army, navy and police.

The group was later taken to a medical centre on nearby Flores island, where they have received water and rest.

“They are really in good health… They walked by themselves and hugged each other and cried when they reached the port,” local policeman Victor Jumadu told AFP.

Komodo National Park is part of a national heritage site boasting around 1,000 fish species as well as pristine corals and sponges.

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