Czech Tourist Rescued after Sea Ordeal

DENPASAR ~ After being adrift at sea for four days, a Czech man visiting Bali was found alive by a fisherman but a friend was still missing at sea after a diving trip went disastrously wrong, a hospital official said.

Petr Vasicek, 36, was in good condition on Thursday but had suffered bad burns to his face due to prolonged exposure to the sun, Dr. Arya Suardi of the Prima Medika Hospital in Denpasar, where he was being treated, told The Bali Times.

“He’s getting better and is able to walk to the café on his own,” he said.

The incident happened last Wednesday after a group of five Czech men and women vacationing on the island of Nusa Penida east of Bali charted a boat to go diving in nearby waters, Dr. Suardi said.

After two hours’ diving, three of the group returned to the waiting boat but there was no sign of the other two, he said, adding that half an hour later – when the divers’ air tanks would have been exhausted – and raised the alarm at the nearest police station, on the adjacent island of Nusa Lembongan.

It is thought that strong currents in the area may have swept the men away from the dive site and were unable to return. The missing man has been named as 25-year-old Zdirad Zak; a search-and-rescue team is still combing the waters off Nusa Penida.

Vasicek, who was found on Sunday in the Indonesian Sea south of Bali by a passing fisherman, turned down an interview about what had happened, with Dr. Suardi saying he was still in shock.

“He doesn’t want to talk to anyone right now – his friend is still missing and he’s in shock,” he said.

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