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A Brit man Adrian Peter Chesters and a French woman who disappeared while diving off Malaysia on Wednesday have been rescued by fishermen after being “abandoned at sea” by their meth-using captain – while the search for the Brit’s 14-year-old son continues.
1. Divers Adrian Peter Chesters and Alexia Alexandra Molina have been found alive by fishermen, in waters south of Pengerang in Kota Tinggi near the Indonesian border.
SAR operations are still ongoing for Adrian’s 14-year-old son, Nathen Renze.
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Shell engineer Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, and 18-year-old Alexia Alexandra Molina were found in waters near the Indonesian border early Saturday and taken to a hospital, Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency said.
The pair are reported to be in stable condition, while Mr Chester’s Dutch son, Nathen Renze Chesters, remains missing.
The three dived with their Norwegian diving instructor Kristine Grodem in about 50 feet of water on an island off the town of Mersing in the southern state of Johor on Wednesday.
It comes after the boat’s captain was arrested for further investigation on Thursday over fears he may have left the group at sea after testing positive for methamphetamine.
Police said they were examining the diving equipment and the location, adding that the captain was under investigation under Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
He is also being investigated for negligence.
Instructor Mrs. Grodem, 35, was rescued by a smuggler on Thursday.
She said the four surfaced safely Wednesday afternoon but were later drifted away from the boat and separated by a strong current.
The search has moved south to where the two divers were found, Mersing shipping chief Khairul Nizam Misran said.
The extended search involved two planes, nine boats and around 85 employees, as well as fishermen, he said.
The boatman was arrested for further investigation and diving activities off Mersing were halted.
Ms Grodem was training the other three, who wanted to earn advanced diving licenses, sea officials said.
Local officials had indicated they were confident the three missing people would be found as they were “experienced divers”.
Chesters, who hails from Sheffield, recently moved to the tourist hotspot with his family after working as a senior engineer behind Shell’s hugely successful Appomattox oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
District Police Chief Cyril Edward Nuing said on Thursday: “Based on their [Grodem’s] report, the other three managed to show up.
“With her gear, her full kit and her experience, we believe there’s a good chance of finding her alive.”
It comes after the boat’s captain was arrested for further investigation after being arrested on positive drug tests.
Johor Police Chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said officers arrested the man at 11.30pm Thursday after he gave a statement to Mersing District Police.
Mr Mamat said: “He tested positive for methamphetamine use when we did a urine test.
“The forensics team will arrive to conduct the investigation. We will also investigate whether there has been negligence.’
The area the group originally disappeared from is popular with divers and tourists, with dozens of resorts dotted around the coastal area.