British father says teenage son who disappeared on diving trip in Malaysia is dead


A British man rescued by Malaysian authorities two and a half days after drifting at sea told officials his teenage son, who has been missing since diving off the coast of Malaysia, has died.

Drian Chesters, 46, went on April 6 with his 14-year-old son Nathan Renze Chesters for a training dive in waters near Tokong Sanggol. The father-son duo were among the four people missing along with the group’s 35-year-old Norwegian instructor, Kristine Grodem, and another 18-year-old French woman, Alexia Molina.

While Ms Gordem was being rescued by a tugboat on Thursday, Mr Chesters and Ms Molina were found around 1am in the waters off Pengerang, a considerable distance south of where they disappeared, Mersing District Police Chief Cyril Nuing told reporters.

However, Nathan’s father told authorities his son died “because he was too weak and could not survive,” Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency said in a statement. This happens even though his body has yet to be recovered.

Authorities added that Indonesian authorities will take over the search for the Dutchman, who was most likely drifted into their waters.

“We believe there is a high probability that he is no longer in Malaysian waters, based on the movements of ocean currents and the time and place where the other victims were found,” Mr Nuing said.

Earlier, the group’s instructor, Ms Grodem, told officials that the group resurfaced about an hour after their dive on Wednesday but could not find their boat.

She was later separated from the others after getting caught in strong currents.

In the meantime, the diving activities off Mersing have been discontinued. Several towns in the area are popular dive sites for locals and tourists alike.

Malaysia’s borders reopened to foreigners on April 1 after being closed for more than two years during the pandemic. British father says teenage son who disappeared on diving trip in Malaysia is dead

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