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British Divers Missing Off Malaysian Island

Four foreign divers are believed to be missing while doing diving training activities at Pulau Tokong Sanggol, Mersing, here, this afternoon. Johor Maritime Director, First Maritime Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the victims were British, French and Norwegian nationals. He said the Johor Bahru Maritime Rescue Sub Center (MRSC) received information through the Putrajaya Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) at 2.35pm regarding the incident.

A British man, 46, and boy, 14, are among four European divers missing nine miles of a Malaysian island.

An 18-year-old French woman and a 35-year-old Norwegian woman are also among the group which authorities are now searching for off the southeastern coast of Malaysia.

A hunt involving boats from the coastguard, the police, and the fisheries department was launched at 2:45pm (6:45am GMT), senior coastguard official Nurul Hizam Zakaria said in a statement.

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

The area is popular with foreign and domestic visitors – there are resorts dotted along the coast and on nearby islands.

Diving accidents, while rare, do occasionally take place in Malaysia.

In 2013, a British tourist died when she was struck by a passing boat’s propeller while diving off resort islands in the South China Sea.

The tropical Southeast Asian nation’s white-sand beaches and lush rainforests have long made it a major draw, but the tourism industry was hit hard by travel curbs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s borders reopened to foreign tourists last week after a two-year closure.

Source: Daily Mail

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