6 divers go missing at resort

2012-06-24 09:21

Kuala Lumpur - Search teams were on Sunday looking for six scuba divers who went missing a day earlier off a Malaysian resort island after apparently failing to resurface, a maritime official said.

The group, including a diver from Singapore, one from China and four Malaysians, disappeared after going diving off Tioman island on Malaysia's east coast on Saturday, an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Only one person with the group, whose members were aged between 25 and 33 and which included two women, resurfaced after the dive, he said.

Three boats and eight navy divers are involved in the search.

Malaysia's east coast islands, famed for their corals and marine life, are a popular dive destination. Accidents are rare.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-24 09:44

    An obscure event.... Wonder if it is not a case of being swept away in a current, or a skipper who took the wrong turning? Did they have a surface marker?? lots of questions on this one.

  • Amanda Jackson - 2012-06-24 09:52

    What on earth has this picture got to do with it!! These ppl are probably dead, this is no joke!!

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-24 10:13

      Someone either bored or doff at news24... But surely they can't be both....

      Pulverturm - 2012-06-24 11:50

      OMG seeeeeriously someone at news24 needs to catch a wake up!

  • Michael Fletcher - 2012-06-24 10:08

    Strange choice of photo for this article- naked man jumping off boat?

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-24 11:42

      He forgot his scuba gear. Hence the accident.

      Sharon - 2012-06-24 18:26

      he was spear fishing

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2012-06-24 11:47

    ...or maybe faulty breathing equipment?

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-24 16:05

      Hmm, something fishy here. 7 went down, only 1 came up.

  • Sunshine246 - 2012-06-24 15:13

    Sad story....but at least the guy in the picture has remembered to bring his snorkel with...

  • Mike - 2012-06-24 16:18

    Good news! All six divers were found safe and were rescued by a tug boat 22 miles from the dive site, unfortunately there does not appear to be a reason given for the problem but I gather that the currents can get quite strong in the area.

      Mike - 2012-06-24 16:20

      Link to article:

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-06-24 16:59

      That IS good news Mike. Having been SCUBA diver, dive supervisor and dive boat skipper at successive times in my life I can well appreciate the concern over even one lost diver. Crikey! A 22 mile drift is quite something and in view of suspect currents one wonders if and what safety measures were in place?

      stfrancisbay - 2012-06-24 18:12

      BUT what happened to the naked dude???

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-26 23:11

      @stfrancisbay - he was the advance team

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