Search ongoing for Singaporean diver missing near Komodo Island

Search ongoing for Singaporean diver missing near Komodo Island

Rinta Paul Mukkam was on a dive trip at Gili Lawa Laut in Indonesia when she went missing, her brother Roy posted on Facebook. (Photo: Roy Paul Mukkam/Facebook)

JAKARTA: Indonesian search and rescue teams are looking for a Singaporean woman who was reported missing after going on a diving trip in the waters around Gili Lawa near Indonesia's Komodo Island.

Ms Rinta Paul Mukkam, 40, went for the dive at 12.30pm on Thursday (Jul 13) and failed to return, according to her brother who posted an appeal for help on Facebook.

Her brother, Mr Roy Paul Mukkam, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had informed the family that a search-and-rescue operation had been called off on Thursday night and would resume at 5am on Friday.

The MFA said in a statement on Saturday that the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta has been in close contact with the local authorities on the missing Singaporean in Gili Lawa Laut, East Nusa Tenggara, including the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS), which has mounted ongoing search-and-rescue operations.

It added that the embassy is deploying a consular officer to the location, and they will continue to provide the necessary consular assistance to the missing Singaporean's next-of-kin. 

According to local reports, Ms Mukkam is believed to have gone on the dive with 15 other people on board the ship KLM Seamore Papua, run by dive operator Seamore Papua.

Indonesian news site Kompas, which quoted a National Search and Rescue Agency official, said the agency received a missing persons report at about 2.30pm on Thursday.

A rescue team of six was deployed to search for Ms Mukkam but was unsuccessful in locating her. 

Source: CNA/mz