The search and rescue (SAR) operation for 14-year-old Dutch diver Nathen Renze Chesters who went missing in the waters of Pulau Tokong Sanggol last Wednesday has been called off at 1.30pm today.
Mersing district police chief Supt Cyril Edward Nuing said this was following the information and investigations findings that the British diver Adrian Peter Chesters and French national Alexia Alexandra Molina were at a position of 16 nautical miles north of Bintan Island, Indonesia, when they were found safe early this morning.
He said it was about 70 nautical miles or 100 kilometres from the location they were reported missing.
“Based on this information, we are of the opinion that the search efforts should focus on Indonesian waters and the operation in Malaysian waters is temporarily suspended.
“Our Indonesian counterpart has been informed of this matter and they will take over (the operation) in Indonesian waters. However, our assets at sea are always at the ready,” he told a press conference at the Carilamat base set up at the Mersing district council public jetty in Mersing today.
Earlier, Adrian and Alexia were found by local fishermen at a location south of Pengerang, near Kota Tinggi, at about 1am, who then informed the authorities. The two victims were then sent to a private hospital in Pasir Gudang by the Region Two Marine Police.
The missing victim is Adrian’s son, Nathen.