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Stranded scuba divers chase off Komodo on deserted Indonesian island of Rinca

Rescued European divers arrive at Labuhan Bajo port, Flores island, Indonesia, on Saturday. All five Europeans who went missing while scuba diving in ...

Rescued European divers arrive at Labuhan Bajo port, Flores island, Indonesia, on Saturday. All five Europeans who went missing while scuba diving in ...

European scuba divers swept away in strong currents survived 12 hours in shark-infested waters and then scrambled onto a remote Indonesian island where they faced a Komodo dragon.
The divers came face-to-face with the giant, carnivorous lizard on Rinca island's beach, and fought it off by pelting it with rocks and pieces of wood, port official Pariman said Sunday.
"Luckily, they were able to chase it away," said Pariman. The beasts have sharp, serrated teeth and often come out when they smell something new, including humans, whom they've been known to kill, Pariman said.
The divers encountered treacherous currents after plunging from their wooden boat off Tatawa island on Thursday afternoon. They drifted 30 kilometers from their dive site before swimming to Rinca, their last chance to avoid being swept into the open ocean.
They ran into the Komodo dragon on Friday afternoon. The next day, rescuers plying the waters in more than 30 boats spotted them waving frantically on the shore.
Komodo dragons can grow up to 3 meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms. They are only found in the wild on Rinca and Komodo island. There are believed to be 4,000 left in the world.