Missing BP executive, 46, and his 14-year-old son fear death after they were abandoned by their drug-addicted dive captain 9 miles off the coast of Malaysia, they are arrested after testing positive for methamphetamine
- Adrian Chesters, 46, and his son Nathan, 14, still missing off the coast of Malaysia
- Four divers missing after being ‘abandoned’ by captain
- Kristine Grodem, 35, was rescued 30 nautical miles from her last known location
A missing BP executive and his teenage son were abandoned nine miles off the coast of Malaysia during a group training dive by their drug-addicted captain, it has emerged.
Shell engineers Adrian Chesters, 46, and Nathen, 14, were part of a team of four diving from the small island of Pulau Tokong Sanggol when their captain returned to port alone on Wednesday.
The captain made a statement to police in Mersing, a coastal town on the southeastern tip of the Malay peninsula, but was later arrested after a urine sample was taken and tested positive for methamphetamine.
The group’s instructor, Kristine Grodem, was miraculously rescued on Thursday, 30 nautical miles from where she and her diving buddies were trapped.
Hopes of finding the trio, including the British national, are fading fast, however, as dozens of divers, boats and more than 90 officers scoured the area spanning miles.
Rescuers are still looking for a 46-year-old British man, Adrian Chesters (left), and his 14-year-old son Nathan Renze Chesters (right), a 14-year-old Dutch citizen. Missing while diving.Southeast Malaysia
The island where they disappeared, Pulau Tokong Sanggol, is about 9 miles (15 kilometers) off the coast of Malaysia
The four remained in the water for 40 minutes and “failed to return after a diving practice,” officials said.Pictured: Discovery of Norwegian diver Kristine Grodem’s tugboat
The four remained in the water for 40 minutes and “failed to return after a diving practice,” officials said.
Police have launched an investigation and will assess diving equipment and location, adding that the captain is being investigated under section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Mersing Police Chief Cyril Edward Nuing said the divers couldn’t see their boat when they resurfaced and ended up drifting in strong currents.
“The coach tried to keep them all together, but they were separated,” he said.
Local officials had said they were confident the three missing were found because they were “experienced divers”.
Chesters, from Sheffield, only recently moved his family to the tourist hotspot after working as a senior engineer on Shell’s highly successful Appomattox rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
A foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that it remained in touch with Malaysian authorities.
The area where the group initially disappeared is popular with divers and tourists, with dozens of resorts scattered along the coast.
Nurul Hizam Zakaria, a senior coast guard official, said in a statement that a hunt involving coast guard, police and fishing services was launched at 2.45pm (6.45am GMT) on Wednesday.
Diving instructor Kristine Grodem (pictured), 35, was found 30 nautical miles from where she was last seen diving with the group on the small island of Pulau Tokong Sanggol, 9 miles off the coast, before disappearing on Wednesday
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said Groden was spotted by a tugboat in the waters off Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi on his way from Indonesia to Thailand at 8.15am (2.15am GMT). , “floating and fully equipped” with her diving gear.
“After being found, the 35-year-old victim was transferred to an MMEA helicopter and then taken to Mersing [Stadium] Further treatment,” he reported. She is said to be in stable condition.
But it was delayed at 7.30pm local time on Wednesday due to poor visibility and bad weather.
Helicopters, boats and dozens of divers are still searching for Adrian, Nathen and 18-year-old French teenager Alexia Molina.
Helicopters, boats and dozens of divers are still searching for missing Britons Adrian, Nathen and 18-year-old French teenager Alexia Molina
French woman Alexia Alexandra Molina, 18, is one of three others still missing after diving training in Pulau Tokong Sanggol
The area is popular with domestic and foreign tourists – resorts are scattered along the coast and on the nearby islands.Pictured: Sibu Island, a paradise island near the search area
Diving accidents, although rare, do occasionally occur in Malaysia.
In 2013, a British tourist was killed by the propeller of a passing boat while diving on a resort island in the South China Sea.
The tropical Southeast Asian country’s white-sand beaches and lush rainforest have long been attractions, but tourism has been hit hard by travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s borders reopened to foreign tourists last week after being closed for two years.
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