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British man, 46, and French woman, 18, rescued after disappearing while diving off Malaysia

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British oil executive, 46, and French woman, 18, are rescued by fishermen after disappearing while diving off Malaysia as boat captain was arrested for drugs but hunt continues for man’s 14-year-old son

  • Adrian Peter Chesters and Alexia Alexandra Molina were found early Saturday
  • Mr Chester’s Dutch son, Nathen Renze Chesters, aged 14, remained missing
  • Trio were diving with Norwegian instructor Kristine Grodem off Mersing town 

A British man and a French woman who disappeared during a dive last week have been rescued by fishermen, though the search will continue for the man’s 14-year-old son.

Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, and 18-year-old Alexia Alexandra Molina were found early on Saturday in waters near Indonesia’s border and have been taken to a hospital, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said. The two were in stable condition, police told local media.

Mr Chester’s Dutch son, Nathen Renze Chesters, remained missing, the agency said in a statement.

The three were diving with their Norwegian instructor, Kristine Grodem, on Wednesday in waters about 50 feet deep at an island off Mersing town in southern Johor state. 

Ms Grodem, 35, was rescued on Thursday by a tugboat. 

She said the four of them surfaced safely on Wednesday afternoon but later drifted away from the boat and were separated by a strong current.

46-year-old Brit Adrian Chesters has been rescued

Chester's 14-year-old son Nathen, a Dutch citizen, is still missing after diving in south east Malaysia

Rescuers have found a 46-year-old British man, Adrian Chesters, left, after he went missing while diving off the coast of south east Malaysia. They are still searching for his 14-year-old son, Nathen Renze Chesters, 14, a Dutch citizen, right

Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows pictures of two divers found alive, French national Alexia Alexandra Molina (right) and British national Adrian Peter Chesters (left)

Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward shows pictures of two divers found alive, French national Alexia Alexandra Molina (right) and British national Adrian Peter Chesters (left)

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers during their search and rescue operation for foreign divers off the coast of Johor's Mersing, Malaysia

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers during their search and rescue operation for foreign divers off the coast of Johor’s Mersing, Malaysia

The island where they disappeared, Pulau Tokong Sanggol, is about nine miles (15km), off the Malaysian coast

The island where they disappeared, Pulau Tokong Sanggol, is about nine miles (15km), off the Malaysian coast

The search has moved south to where the two divers were found, Mersing maritime chief Khairul Nizam Misran said. 

Two aircraft, nine boats and some 85 personnel as well as fishermen are involved in the expanded search, he said.

The boat skipper was detained for further investigation, and diving activities off Mersing have been suspended. 

There are several islands off the town that are popular dive spots for local residents and tourists.

Ms Grodem was providing training for the other three, who were seeking to obtain advanced diving licences, maritime officials said.

Malaysia’s borders reopened to foreigners on April 1 after being closed for more than two years during the pandemic.

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