Missing Polish diver feared dead in eastern Indonesian sea

Other News Materials 7 September 2008 11:10 (UTC +04:00)

Search teams failed to find any sign of a Polish tourist who went missing eight days ago while scuba diving off the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua, local media reports said Sunday, reported dpa.

Kemal Abbas, chief of the Cenderawasih Bay National Park, said Robert Zsupuru, along with 10 other Polish tourists, left for the Auri Islands, near Matas Island off the Papua province August 27.

"On their third day, all of them went diving, but since then Robert has not been found," Kemal was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post.

According to the search teams, Robert had most likely run out of oxygen while diving at a depth of greater than 80 meters, the newspaper reported.

That depth is more than double the generally accepted maximum limit for safe diving.

The 1,453,500-hectare Cendrawasih Bay Park is a popular tourist destination, home to some 150 species of coral reef and 209 species of fish.