Two Britons are among four tourists missing after diving trip in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities were searching on Thursday for four Europeans, including two Britons, who disappeared during diving training off a southern island.

The divers are a 46-year-old British man, a 14-year-old British boy, an 18-year-old French woman and a 35-year-old woman from Norway.

The Malaysian maritime enforcement agency said the four went missing while diving at an island nine nautical miles (16.5km) off the coastal town of Mersing in southern Johor state.

The search began immediately after the tourists went missing on Wednesday afternoon before being halted for the night due to poor visibility. The search resumed early on Thursday.

Malaysia reopened its borders to foreigners on 1 April after they were closed for more than two years during the Covid-19 pandemic. Malaysia’s immigration department said more than 55,000 foreigners entered the country in the first four days since the border opened.

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