Fears for British tourist, 63, after he disappears while diving with his wife in Bali

Fears for 68-year-old British tourist after disappearing while snorkeling with his wife in Bali

  • The 68-year-old man disappeared in the waters off Blue Lagoon Beach in Karangasem.
  • His wife was concerned when he did not return to land on Wednesday afternoon
  • A search and rescue operation was launched last night at 8:25 p.m.
  • Operations continued today, but the man has not yet been found.

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A search and rescue operation is currently underway for a senior British citizen who was swept out to sea while snorkelling with his wife in Bali yesterday afternoon.

The 68-year-old man disappeared while snorkeling with his wife in the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon Beach resort in Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia.

His panicked wife, who also remains unnamed, reported his disappearance to local authorities around 5:30 p.m., an hour after she herself had emerged from the indigo-blue waters of the beach and began waiting for the return of her husband.

A search and rescue operation for the British citizen began a few hours later at 8:25 pm, according to Karangasem Search and Rescue Team coordinator Gusti Ngurah Eka Widnyana.

Rescuers search for a 68-year-old British tourist in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. The victim set out with his wife to go snorkelling and she alerted authorities when her husband did not return to the beach. .

Rescuers search for a 68-year-old British tourist in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. The victim set out with his wife to go snorkelling and she alerted authorities when her husband did not return to the beach. .

The picture shows the Blue Lagoon beach in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, where the old man was snorkeling

The picture shows the Blue Lagoon beach in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, where the old man was snorkeling

The picture shows the Blue Lagoon beach in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, where the old man was snorkeling

“The search for the victim is still being carried out by a joint team,” Widnyana said this morning.

“So far, the victim has not been found.”

Widnyana initially sent six members of the rescue team to the area by speedboat to search for the elderly man.

Gede Darmada, head of the Bali Basarnas government office, told local media today that the search area for the missing British citizen has since been divided into three sectors to increase the probability of finding the man.

He added: ‘Yesterday’s search yielded no results, and today the search and rescue operation started this morning.

Widnyana, meanwhile, said he hopes the elderly man will be found as soon as possible, while local media report that officials have encouraged divers to take into account changing weather conditions in Bali.

The incident comes after a 44-year-old Italian woman miraculously survived the sea after being hit by a powerful wave at Indonesia’s Klungkung beach in June.

A search and rescue operation for the British national began at around 8:25pm last night after he was reported missing by his wife earlier that afternoon.

A search and rescue operation for the British national began at around 8:25pm last night after he was reported missing by his wife earlier that afternoon.

A search and rescue operation for the British national began at around 8:25pm last night after he was reported missing by his wife earlier that afternoon.

Tourism in Bali is making a comeback after Covid-19, with foreign arrivals expected to reach pre-pandemic levels of six million by 2025, the island’s tourism association said.

The island is now trying to attract more tourists and workers to its tropical shores by offering a more flexible visa, the country’s tourism minister said.

In recent years, some Asian vacation destinations have seen an influx of ‘digital nomads’, or long-stay foreign visitors who combine travel and recreation with remote work.

Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said in a post on his Instagram account that digital nomads can now visit Indonesia and work for up to six months on a socio-cultural visa.

“I am more and more convinced that the number of foreign tourists interested in staying in Indonesia will increase and it will automatically have an impact on the economic revival,” he said.

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