Head of the Buleleng Search and Rescue Team post Anak Agung Ketut Alit Supartana stated here on Monday that the rescuers had now deployed a helicopter to search for the missing fisherman.
During the last four days of the search operation, the team had combed the northern waters of Bali aboard a boat but had failed to find any trace of Parsana.
"We had deployed a boat in the waters of Penimbangan. We had to refuel every two or three hours during the search," Supartana remarked.
The rescue team has been cooperating with the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency to monitor the current weather and the sea conditions at the designated location.
However, the strong sea currents are believed to have drifted the body of Parsana away from his last reported location, Supartana said.
A canoe belonging to Parsana was found on the coast of Pacung Village and was taken to Pura Bingin Beach.
Parsana was reported missing on Thursday (May 12) at around 2 p.m. local time.(*)