German lost on Bali dive missing since Sunday

Pemuteran, Bali. Photo: Selamat Made/Flickr

A German national gone missing in waters of Pemuteran Village, North Bali on Sunday has still not been found after a search effort lasting more than three days. 

The regional Search and Rescue (SAR) has been looking for 60-year-old German man identified in local reports as Bernd Klaus Walzinger, ever since he failed to return from a dive in Pemuteran on Monday morning. Walzinger, who was a certified dive instructor, according to the Jawa Pos network, is understood to have embarked on his dive around 9am. 

Pemuteran is a small fishing village in North Bali’s Buleleng Regency, popular with divers and snorkelers. Located about 88 kilometers from the island’s airport, Pemuteran is far removed from the hustle and bustle of South Bali.

Buleleng SAR post head Made Neksen said that his team, along with a joint team from Buleleng Water Police, Municipal Police, the Navy, and Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) were were still looking for DC, as of Tuesday evening.

“The search area on Tuesday was expanded to 10 by 11 miles, but no trace of the victim has been found,” Made told Antara.

The team has been searching intensively for the German, with search efforts starting at 7:15am, says Made.

“We have been spreading team members across several locations to where the victim is suspected to have been lost, with still no results. Entering the third day of the search, we are still looking,” he said.

Buleleng Police Chief Comr. Putu Aryana separately said that the search for DC will be carried out over the next five days in accordance with standard operating procedure. The victim had been diving, reportedly with four tanks at a depth of 100 meters, so the load was enough to the victim drown at the seabed, says Aryana.

“There is still a remaining search period of five days. So, according to the SOP, we will continue to search by combing the water,” Aryana said.

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