British diver rescued off Malaysia says son died at sea

MERSING, Malaysia, April 9 (Reuters) – A Dutch teenager who went missing after diving off the Malaysian coast has died, according to his father who was found adrift at sea on Saturday, officials said.

Nathan Renze Chesters, 14, and his British father Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, were among a group of four who went missing on Wednesday afternoon during a training dive near Tokong Sanggol, a small island off the coast of the city of Mersing, in the southeast of the country.

Elder Chesters and 18-year-old Alexia Alexandra Molina from France were rescued by fishermen around 1am (1700 GMT Friday) off the Indonesian island of Bintan, southeast of Singapore, and about 100 km (60 miles) south of where they disappeared, officials said.

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The group’s instructor, Kristine Grodem, 35, from Norway, was rescued on Thursday. Read more

Nathan, whose body has not been found, was confirmed dead by his father, “as he was too weak and could not survive”, the Malaysian Maritime Police Agency said in a statement.

Police had said Indonesian authorities would take charge of the search for the teenager as he had likely drifted into their waters.

“We believe it is very likely that he is no longer in Malaysian waters due to the movement of sea currents, as well as the time and place where the other victims were found,” the source told the newspaper. urges Mersing District Police Chief Cyril Edward Nuing.

Malaysian assets would be ready to help, he said.

Grodem earlier told officials the group surfaced about an hour into their dive on Wednesday but could not find their boat.

She was then 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 and Ebrahim Harris; Editing by Robert Birsel and William Mallard

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