Missing Czech Diver Found Dead; Dive Firm Blasted

DENPASAR (BT) ~ A Czechoslovakian woman who went missing while on a scuba diving trip in waters off Nusa Penida island has been found dead, police said, as the company that organized the outing was criticized for the fatality.

The body of Milea Bauerova, 41, was found last Friday in shallow waters near the area her and a party of others were diving at on August 24, and was removed to Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, Milan Jeglikova of MM Diving told The Bali Times on Thursday.

His wife Monica, who also runs the dive firm, said the body was found in waters that were two meters deep.

“We have some ideas about what happened, but we don’t know for sure,” she told The Times.

Local dive-firm operators have criticized the MM Diving, saying the victim was an inexperienced diver who was in the Blue Corner area known for treacherous currents and is classified among most dive firms as an advanced site.

Local search-and-rescue team official Putu Suardana told the media that MM Diving ignored warnings about diving in the area that the fatality occurred, saying conditions were not safe in July and August.

“I do now know why the company ignored the warnings and why they thought it was safe to take people to dive there,” he said.

MM Diving helped in the search effort, said Milan.

He said the death was an unfortunate accident.

“It is very difficult to dive if you don’t know the rules. Accidents can happen,” he told The Times, adding that he was unaware whether the victim had taken out insurance. (*01)

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