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Jet Skier Missing and Feared Drowned

Contestant in International Competition Lost at Sea.

(1/6/2003) An Indonesian participant in the Bali International Offshore 2002 Jet Ski competition is missing and feared dead following his disappearance during the event on Monday, 30 December 2002.

Competition was abruptly cancelled on Monday when a sudden storm descended on the race area, off the Nusa Dua Peninsula of Bali. Competitors from 10 countries returned to the starting point when visibility decreased due to heavy rains and rough seas brought by the storm front. However, failing to return to base were two Indonesian competitors, Rosyid (40) and Joko Herlambang (20).

On Friday, January 3, Rosyid was discovered alive and still aboard his drifting jet ski by a local fishing boat near Sumbawa island. Suffering from dehydration and exposure, authorities believe the 40 year-old jet ski enthusiast will make a full recovery.

An extensive sea and air search for the remain athlete has been unsuccessful in finding any trace of the missing man.

The Jet Ski Competition, part of the Bali for the World festivities offered prize monies of US$ 100,000.