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Lost British divers found alive

James Manning and Charlotte Allin
Diving couple Charlotte Allin and James Manning have been found safe

Three British divers missing for two days in Indonesian waters have been found alive on a remote beach.

Two other divers, from France and Sweden, are also safe.

Britons Kathleen Mitchinson, Charlotte Allin and James Manning and their two European counterparts had been diving in waters off the Komodo National Park. Charlotte's father Dave Allin said his daughter had called to say she was dehydrated and exhausted, and had only cuts and bruises.

Police say the divers were found on Saturday morning on the southern coast of Rinca island, about 20 miles south of their dive site.

Powerful currents had swept them away as they waited for their dive boat.

Scraping shellfish

Richard Allin on his sister Charlotte's rescue

Speaking from the family home in Northam, near Bideford, in Devon, Mr Allin said his daughter told the family they had been drifting for some time - possibly 12 hours - before one of them saw land.

Her mother Sue said: "I didn't believe that she was all right until I heard her voice."

Mr Allin said Charlotte and her boyfriend James Manning, 30, were diving instructors who had been teaching scuba diving in Phi Phi, Thailand, for about two years.

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The group were scuba diving off the coast of the Indonesian island

"She didn't really understand what all the fuss was about," added her father.

Ernest Leandowski, the husband of Kathleen Mitchinson - the dive instructor who was leading the dive off the coast of the Indonesian island - said: "They have been found, they are alive and are now on their way to get medical assistance."

The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Jakarta said they had been found by a rescue boat sent out by local dive centres after a two-day search involving the Indonesian army, navy and police.

She said the dehydrated divers had been taken to a medical centre on nearby Flores island, where they were receiving water and resting.

They had staved off hunger by scraping out oysters and other shellfish, she added.

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James Allin talks about his sister's rescue




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