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Six divers missing off Tioman safe

June 24, 2012

The group, including a diver from Singapore, one from China and four Malaysians, disappeared after going diving on Saturday.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Six scuba divers who went missing off Tioman resort island were rescued by a passing tugboat Sunday, a maritime official said.

The Indonesian boat saved the divers, comprising a Singaporean, a Chinese and four Malaysians, off Tioman island on Malaysia’s east coast, said an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

The boat later informed Malaysian authorities, who picked up the divers.

“All are safe,” the official told AFP, adding that they were uninjured and back on Tioman island.

The six, who were aged between 25 and 33 and which included two women, disappeared after going diving off the island Saturday. A seventh member of the group resurfaced immediately and raised the alarm.

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

- AFP


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