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

MERSING, Malaysia, April 9 (Reuters) – A Frenchwoman and a Briton who disappeared while diving off the coast of Malaysia were found safe and sound on Saturday, adrift at sea two and a half days after they went missing, police said.

Four people went missing around midday on Wednesday while 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. Read more

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

“Both individuals … are believed to be in stable condition,” he said, adding that marine police had taken them to hospital. He declined to provide further details of the rescue.

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

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 arrested after testing positive for drugs, police said.

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Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Robert Birsel

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