Woman swept away by sea waves in Indonesia found alive 18 months later

Woman swept away by sea waves

An Indonesian woman identified as Nining Sunarsih, who was on vacation in Sukabumi, West Java, when she was swept away by a strong wave on Citepus Beach, has been found alive after 18 months.

Nining Sunarsih, 53, was presumed dead by authorities when she was washed away by a large wave in West Java in January last year.

Woman swept away by sea waves in Indonesia found alive
Woman swept away by sea waves in Indonesia found alive after 18 months

After she was washed away, her body was never recovered but her family never gave up hope of finding her.

On Saturday her family say they went back to the same beach after her father began having mysterious dreams and found her lying unconscious on the sand, wearing the same clothes as on the night she vanished, DailyMail reported.

Nining Sunarsih was discovered by her sister – who was one of the people who had watched her disappear. According to reports Sunarsih was unconscious, fully clothed, and around 500m (1,600ft) from where she initially vanished.

Sunarsih
Sunarsih with her family

Nining Sunarsih was bathing in the ocean when a large wave came and swept her out to sea as her sister and grandson watched on, helpless.

Authorities launched a search operation and while a body was discovered, DNA tests later revealed it wasn’t Sunarsih.

Police eventually gave up the search after several days when her body wasn’t found, but her family always believed she would return, Kompas.com reports.

Then, last month, Sunarsih’s father began having dreams that she was back on the same beach and waiting to be picked up.

At first he ignored them, but after having the same dream several times he traveled to the beach on Saturday.

Nining Sunarsih found alive
The clothes worn by Nining Sunarsih when she was found – including sand-covered sandals

Sunarsih was discovered around midnight after her family were first unsuccessful in the evening search.

At the time when Sunarsih was found, was unconscious, fully clothed, and around 500m (1,600ft) from where she initially vanished.

Her family took her home and called medics, who confirmed that she had no major injuries.

She has since regained consciousness and has been able to eat and drink, but is so far unable to talk – meaning nobody has been able to question her about what happened and where she has been.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident, but are urging people to ‘think logically’ about the disappearance and not jump to conclusions.

Sukabumi City Police Chief Susatyo Purnomo said: ‘It is our duty to look for the facts of this event.

‘We ask people not to be influenced by information that is not yet clear.’

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