British man, 46, and boy, 14, among four European divers missing off Malaysian island
- British men, 46 and 14, French woman, 18, and Norwegian woman, 35, missing
- They were diving off the island of Pulau Tokong Sanggol, nine miles off Malaysia
- A hunt involving the coastguard, police and fisheries department was launched
A British man, 46, and boy, 14, are among four European divers missing off 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.
Officials say the four ‘failed to return after undergoing a diving exercise’.
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.
A British man, 46, and boy, 14, are among four European divers missing nine miles of a Malaysian island. Two boats are pictured in the search area off Pulau Tokong Sanggol island today
Nurul Hizam Zakaria of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said: ‘The incident involved four foreign divers who failed to return after undergoing a diving exercise at about noon today.
‘The divers comprised a 14-year-old male, a 46-year-old British man, an 18-year-old French woman and a 35-year-old Norwegian woman.
‘The divers were reported missing by the boat captain who took them out to sea.’
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.
The island where they disappeared, Pulau Tokong Sanggol, is about nine miles (15km), off the Malaysian coast
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.
For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel
hartford car insurance shop car insurance best car insurance quotes best online car insurance get auto insurance quotes auto insurance quotes most affordable car insurance car insurance providers car insurance best deals best insurance quotes get car insurance online best comprehensive car insurance best cheap auto insurance auto policy switching car insurance car insurance quotes auto insurance best affordable car insurance online auto insurance quotes az auto insurance commercial auto insurance instant car insurance buy car insurance online best auto insurance companies best car insurance policy best auto insurance vehicle insurance quotes aaa insurance quote auto and home insurance quotes car insurance search best and cheapest car insurance best price car insurance best vehicle insurance aaa car insurance quote find cheap car insurance new car insurance quote auto insurance companies get car insurance quotes best cheap car insurance car insurance policy online new car insurance policy get car insurance car insurance company best cheap insurance car insurance online quote car insurance finder comprehensive insurance quote car insurance quotes near me get insurance