A FAMILY desperate for their father, who has been missing in Bali, said they “couldn’t go home without him” as they issued a new appeal for help.
Graham Smith went missing September 28 while snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort in the Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian island.
The father of six and grandfather of 11 children had been enjoying a festive holiday with his partner Dianne, 36, to celebrate his retirement.
Mr. Smith had been exploring the waters of the bay, but as he snorkeled further from shore and the sun was fading, Dianne lost sight of him.
Locals tried to help search for him, with one swimming into the water, but to no avail.
Dianne informed local authorities of his disappearance and a major search began a few hours later.
The official search for the pensioner ends tomorrow.
The 67-year-old’s three sons – including one from Brighton – and daughters-in-law are still in Bali and have Set up a JustGiving page to raise thousands of pounds to expand the search and hire a helicopter.
They need funds to hire a private local team to continue the physical search from Friday night, at which point the government will be unable to assist with physical search and rescue.
The family said it was their moment to try and bring their “beloved father” home.
“Our beloved father Graham Smith has centered his entire life around his family, a selfless man with a heart of gold who puts humor and caring at the forefront every day,” they said.
“He is known to his grandchildren as ‘Grandad Grey’, with whom he has had endless adventures and has many more to share with them as they grow.
“After returning from Bali, his next project was to teach woodwork to three of his grandchildren.
“This phase of his life is just beginning, with promises yet to be kept and a life to be lived. He is a resourceful man who was an electrical engineer, lumberjack and handyman who has dedicated his life to helping his family.
“This is our moment to try and help him get home.”
The family also thanked the teams who have helped locate Mr Smith so far.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Bali Search and Rescue teams who worked tirelessly to locate Graham,” they said.
“We would also like to thank the Royal Karma Hotel Group, where Graham and now his family live, who have done everything they can to support us.
“Obviously we are all very distressed and need all the help and support we can get. Please help us find him.
“We absolutely cannot go home without him.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23024882.family-graham-smith-went-missing-bali-issue-fresh-appeal-help/?ref=rss Graham Smith’s family, who went missing in Bali, are again appealing for help