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British, French divers rescued in Malaysia after more than two days at sea

British, French divers rescued in Malaysia after more than two days at sea

Saturday, April 09, 2022, 12:38 GMT+7
British, French divers rescued in Malaysia after more than two days at sea
Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows the pictures of British man Adrian Peter Chesters and French woman Alexia Alexandra Molina, who were found safe after drifting at sea for two and a half days, during a news conference at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters

MERSING, Malaysia -- A French woman and British man who disappeared while diving off the coast of Malaysia were found safe on Saturday, drifting at sea two and a half days after they went missing, police said.

Four people went missing on Wednesday at around noon on a training dive near Tokong Sanggol, a small island off the southeastern town of Mersing.

The group's instructor, Kristine Grodem, 35, from Norway, was rescued on Thursday.

Fishermen spotted Alexia Alexandra Molina, 18, from France, and Briton Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, at around 1 a.m. (1700 GMT on Friday) in waters off Pengerang, a considerable distance to the south of where they disappeared, Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward Nuing told reporters.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers are seen at the search and rescue operation command centre of the missing divers at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers are seen at the search and rescue operation command centre of the missing divers at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters

"Both individuals ... are reported to be in stable condition," he said, adding that marine police had taken them to hospital. He declined to provide more details of the rescue.

Rescuers were searching for Chesters' 14-year-old son, Dutch citizen Nathan Renze Chesters, Nuing said.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers search for the missing divers during the search and rescue operation off the Mersing coast, Johor, Malaysia, April 8, 2022. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/Handout via Reuters
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers search for the missing divers during the search and rescue operation off the Mersing coast, Johor, Malaysia, April 8, 2022. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/Handout via Reuters

Grodem told officials the group surfaced about an hour into their dive on Wednesday but could not find their boat.

She was later separated from the others after being caught in strong currents.

The boat operator who took them to the dive site was detained after testing positive for drugs, police said.

Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows a picture of French woman Alexia Alexandra Molina, who was found safe after drifting at sea for two and a half days, during a press conference at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows a picture of French woman Alexia Alexandra Molina, who was found safe after drifting at sea for two and a half days, during a press conference at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows a picture of British man Adrian Peter Chesters, who was found safe after drifting at sea for two and a half days, during a press conference at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows a picture of British man Adrian Peter Chesters, who was found safe after drifting at sea for two and a half days, during a press conference at Mersing, Johor, Malaysia, April 9, 2022. Photo: Reuters

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