Body off Java may be missing diver’s

Kyodo

A body in a diving suit has been found just off the coast of Java, the Japanese Consulate General in Surabaya on Indonesia’s main island of Java said, citing information from authorities.

The gender and nationality of the body had yet to be confirmed, the consulate general said Sunday, adding that it may be that of a 35-year-old Japanese woman who went missing last month in waters near the resort island of Bali.

Shoko Takahashi, a locally based diving instructor, was swept away with six other Japanese women on Feb. 14. Five turned up alive on a nearby island soon after, and one was found drowned.

The consulate general said that according to an explanation by the police, the body was spotted by local residents Saturday floating near Sempu Island in East Java province.

That is about 300 km from the area where the scuba diving accident occurred last month.

Slamet Prayitno, chief of the marine police in Malang Regency where the tiny island is located, said the body had no head, hands and feet but was wearing a black diving suit.