JOHOR BARU, April 6 — The search and rescue (SAR) operation for four foreign divers reported missing in Pulau Tokong Sanggol, Mersing, at noon today was postponed at 7.30pm due to poor visibility.
Johor Maritime director First Maritime Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the search for the four victims would continue at 7am tomorrow.
“The search today involved an area of 21.45 sq nautical miles,” he said in a statement tonight.
Nurul Hizam said the operation was conducted in rough weather conditions with wind speeds of between 10 and 20 km per hour (km/h) and waves of between 0.5 and one metre.
In the incident at noon today, a 14-year-old Dutch boy, a 46-year-old British man, an 18-year-old French girl and a 35-year-old Norwegian woman believed to be a diving coach, were found missing when conducting diving training about nine nautical miles from Tanjung Leman, Mersing.
He said a missing report was lodged by the boat skipper who was taking the divers when the four did not surface from their diving session at around noon.
Nurul Hizam said an SAR operation was activated at 2.45pm involving assets of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, marine police and the Malaysian Fisheries Department. — Bernama