Two European divers rescued in Indonesia, Dutch teenager dies

Malaysian authorities say two European divers were rescued by fishermen but a third, a 14-year-old Dutchman, died four days after they went missing from an island in southern Malaysia and floated about 70 nautical miles.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Two European divers were rescued by fishermen on Saturday but a third, a 14-year-old Dutchman, died four days after they went missing from an island in southern Malaysia about 70 nautical miles (100 kilometers) away. , Authorities said.

Alexia Alexandra Molina, 18, of France, and Adrian Peter Chester, 46, of Britain, were found in neighboring Indonesian waters early Saturday and taken to a hospital, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency reported.

Chester’s Dutch son Nathan Range Chester was missing but Chester told police he died because he was too weak, the agency said in a statement.

The agency said it had informed Indonesian authorities to continue searching for the bodies. A search operation in Malaysia has been suspended.

Molina and Chester were found 16 nautical miles (30 kilometers) north of the Indonesian island of Bintan, about 70 nautical miles (100 kilometers) from the news of their disappearance on Wednesday, Marsing Police Chief Cyril Edward Nuing said.

The three were diving with their Norwegian instructor Christine Grodem on an island near the town of Marsing in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, about 15 meters (50 feet) deep. Grodem, 35, was rescued by a tugboat on Thursday. He said the four of them got up safely on Wednesday afternoon but later moved away from the boat and were separated by strong currents.

Grodem was training for three other people who wanted to get advanced diving licenses, maritime officials said.

The Malaysian border was reopened to foreigners on April 1 after being closed for more than two years during the COVID-19 epidemic.

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