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Three adult divers and a 14-year-old boy go missing in Malaysia

Three adult divers and a 14-year-old boy went missing in Malaysia while diving at Pulau Tokong Sanggol in Mersing. Local media reported that four foreign divers, three adults and a teenager, went missing in Malaysia on Wednesday, April 6. The group had gone diving at Pulau Tokong Sanggol in Mersing, nine miles from the mainland.
Published: April 7, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 00:29
Three adult divers and a 14-year-old boy go missing in Malaysia

Three adult divers and a 14-year-old boy went missing in Malaysia while diving at Pulau Tokong Sanggol in Mersing.

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Local media reported that four foreign divers, three adults and a teenager, went missing in Malaysia on Wednesday, April 6. The group had gone diving at Pulau Tokong Sanggol in Mersing, nine miles from the mainland.

The missing four were tourists from Europe – a British man (46 years old), a Norwegian woman (35 years old), a French woman (18 years old) and a Dutchman (14 years old). They were reported missing around midday by the dive boat captain after all four failed to return from a dive.

Local emergency services launched an extensive search and rescue operation in an area of over 21 Mm2. Unfortunately, due to poor visibility and bad weather the operation had to be stopped at 7.30 p.m. Rescue teams resumed the search on Thursday morning.

Kristine Grodem
Norwegian woman Kristine Grodem rescued by Malaysian forces

Divers go missing in Malaysia – one person found

Rescuers have managed to find one of the missing persons. She is 35-year-old divemaster Kristine Grodem from Norway. After the rescue, rescuers transported her to safety. The woman was found by a tug approximately 22 Mm from the group’s last location.

According to the information Grodem gave, she lost sight of the other divers after the group drifted far away from the boat due to strong currents.

The search for the other three is still ongoing, and there is certainly optimism among the rescuers. All because the Norwegian woman who was rescued passed on the information that they had all surfaced and had working equipment.

Four Europeans went missing just days after Malaysia reopened its borders on 1 April. For almost two years, tourist traffic to the country had been halted. In the first four days alone since the borders reopened, more than 55,000 foreigners entered Malaysia.


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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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