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British man and French woman who went missing during a diving trip in Malaysia have been found after drifting at sea for more than two days.

Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, and Alexia Aexlandra Molina, 18, vanished while diving near Pulau Tokong Sanggol, a small island off the country’s southern coast.

Fisherman rescued the pair after spotting them at around 1am on Friday.

“Both individuals … are reported to be in stable condition,” said Mersing district police chief Cyril Edward Nuing, who added they had been taken to hospital.

Rescuers are continuing to search for Mr Chesters’ 14-year-old son, Nathan.

Mr Chesters, his son and Ms Molina were among a group of four who were diving in water of 49ft depth around 10 miles offshore from Mersing, in the southern state of Johor.

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The fourth person, Kristine Grodem, a Norwegian diving instructor, was found safe by a tugboat on Thursday.

Ms Grodem said that she had been offering diving training to the group, who were aiming to obtain advanced diving licences.

She told officials the group surfaced about an hour into their dive on Wednesday but could not find their boat.

She was later separated from the others after being caught in strong currents.

Ms Grodem was rescued by a tug boat and then airlifted by a maritime aircraft, Johor maritime officials said.

Police said the safety boat’s skipper, a man in his 20s, was detained after a urine test identified methamphetamine, known as crystal meth.

“The instructor tried to keep all of them together but they got separated,” Mersing police chief superintendent Cyril Edward explained, with the alarm raised about an hour after they failed to resurface from the dive.

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