Family of missing Briton in last-ditch appeal as search end looms

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The family of a British man who went missing while snorkelling in Bali has issued a last-ditch appeal for help. Graham Smith, 67, was in the seas near the Blue Lagoon Beach resort in the Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian island on September 28.

The father of six was enjoying a holiday with his partner of 36 years, Dianne, to celebrate his retirement.

Dianne lost sight of the grandfather of 11 as he snorkelled further out to sea and the sun faded.

Locals joined the search to find him, but their attempts, which included one person swimming out to ea, were unsuccessful.

A major operation was launched by Balinese authorities hours later, but the official search is due to end tomorrow (October 7).

Graham’s three sons and daughters-in-law are still in Bali from where they have set up a JustGiving page in a bid to raise enough money to extend the search and hire a helicopter for use by the Balinese authorities.

The family said hiring a helicopter for a maximum of six hours would cost £9,600 while the hourly search rate is £1,600.

At the time of writing, the family has raised almost £17,000.

The family said in a statement on JustGiving: “Our beloved Dad, Graham Smith, has centred his entire life around his family. A selfless man with a heart of gold who puts humour and care at the forefront of every day.

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“He is known to his grandchildren as ‘Grandad Gray’, who he has had endless adventures with and still has many more to experience with them as they grow. His next project, on returning from Bali, was to teach three of his grandchildren woodwork skills.

“This stage of his life is only just beginning with promises still to uphold and a life to live.

“He is a resourceful man who has been an electrical engineer, a lumberjack and handyman who devotes his life to helping his family. This is our moment to try and help him come home.”

The family added: “Naturally, we are all extremely distressed and we need all the help and support we can get. Please help us find him.

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“We absolutely cannot go home without him.”

Graham’s family said the Indonesian Government will not be able to help in the search and rescue after 6pm on Friday.

They added that they have been advised a private team will then be needed to carry on the search, liaising with Indonesian Government officials.

Graham’s family thanked the search and rescue teams scouring the ocean for him, paying tribute to their tireless efforts.

To donate visit JustGiving.

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