Accident: Miraculous rescue of two divers off Malaysia

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Two of the three European divers missing off Malaysia have been recovered alive from the sea after three days. A 46-year-old Briton and an 18-year-old French woman were discovered by fishermen on Saturday night and taken to safety, the state news agency Bernama reported, citing the police. The search continues for a 14-year-old with Dutch nationality – the son of the rescued Brit. “We are intensifying our search,” said Cyril Edward Nuing, Mersing District Police Chief.

The tourists, together with their Norwegian diving instructor, went on a diving trip off the island of Pulau Tokong Sanggol in the state of Johor on Wednesday, about nine nautical miles (16.6 kilometers) from the mainland. When they did not return to the boat, the authorities launched a search operation by water and from the air – with success.

The 35-year-old diving instructor, who was also initially missing, was found in good condition on Thursday after 20 hours in the water – but 30 nautical miles from the site of the dive. According to their statements, the four were back on the water surface when they were driven apart by strong currents. The two rescued were now discovered near the Indonesian border. “Both are currently being treated at a private hospital in Pasir Gudang and are in stable condition,” Nuing said.

The private hospital informs about the condition of the found diversPhoto: Fatihah Kamaruddin (str)/dpa

From the beginning, the authorities had shown confidence that the missing could be recovered alive. They were not only experienced divers, but also equipped with diving equipment such as fins and vests as well as training material, it said. All had reportedly been training for Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

The search for the 14-year-old is now being extended to an area further south near the township of Tanjung Pengelih, police said. “As of now, we have no information on where he is. The details of the exact location where the others were found are being closely investigated,” Nuing said. All merchant ships and fishing boats in the area have been asked to keep an eye out for the missing person. The authorities in Indonesia and Singapore were also informed.

The captain of the boat that took the group out to sea had sounded the alarm on Wednesday after the group failed to return. However, he has since been arrested because authorities say he tested positive for drugs.


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