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Search continues for lost Briton

Racers at the Bali Games
Mr Hoyland borrowed a sea scooter like these during the Asian Beach Games

Air and sea rescue crews are continuing the search for a British sea scooter official who went missing during the Asian Beach Games in Indonesia.

Jeremy Hoyland, 41, is believed to have disappeared on Friday during a trip to Nusa Lembongan islet, near Bali.

He failed to return in time to preside over a sea scooter race starting at nearby Tanjung Benoa beach.

Reports in Indonesia say boats and helicopters which had been escorting the race were diverted to the search.

Mr Hoyland was said to have gone with four friends on a leisure trip to the island, using borrowed sea scooters.

Bali Police chief Insp Gen Asikin Husein told the Jakarta Post: "On their way back, a member of the group said he was tired so Jeremy, who is an international jet ski master, offered to escort the group from behind.

"He didn't arrive at the base camp, however, when the others did."

'Sent text message'

Mr Husein said Mr Hoyland had sent a text message from his mobile phone around five hours after the others had returned to say he was about two miles from the beach.

The search was being concentrated to the south on the assumption Mr Hoyland had been dragged by a wave, he added.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed Indonesian authorities were carrying out an extensive sea and air search for Mr Hoyland and that UK officials were providing support to his family.

In June, British divers Charlotte Allin, James Manning and Kathleen Mitchinson were rescued off the country's eastern coast after going missing for two days.




SEE ALSO
British man missing in Indonesia
25 Oct 08 |  Asia-Pacific
Britons missing on Indonesia dive
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