Oil boss Brit Shell, 46, and his son, 14, fear death after a group of divers were ‘abandoned’ by the captain off the Malaysian coast


A UK Shell oil boss and his 14-year-old son are believed to have died after being ‘abandoned’ near a Malaysian island while on a diving trip.

Adrian Chesters, 46, and Nathen were on a training exercise off Pulau Tokong Sanggol, near Mersing, while their captain was on meth.

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Shell Oil boss Adrian Chesters, 46, remains missing after he went missing on WednesdayCredit: Youtube / Berita Harian Online
Nathen, 14, was part of the dive group exploring Pulau Tokong Sanggol, near Mersing

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Nathen, 14, was part of the dive group exploring Pulau Tokong Sanggol, near MersingCredit: Youtube / Berita Harian Online

The father and son were part of a group of four enjoying the excursion before their boat returned to port without them on Wednesday.

A huge rescue mission has been launched to find the abandoned Briton, his teenage son, an 18-year-old Frenchwoman and a 35-year-old Norwegian.

The captain gave a statement to cops in the coastal town of Mersing after reporting the divers missing before his arrest.

He tested positive for methamphetamine after a urine sample was taken, suggesting he was stoned while driving the boat.

Hopes are quickly fading that the divers will be found alive after being left stranded and yet to surface.

Miraculously, the group’s instructor Kristine Grodem was rescued on Thursday, 30 nautical miles from where they were dropped.

She was airlifted to hospital in stable condition after spending a terrifying night in the sea, police confirmed.

Authorities say the four had been in the water for 40 minutes when they “failed to return after undergoing a dive drill”.

Divers, helicopters, ships and more than 90 officials have scoured the sea to locate the missing trio – which includes 18-year-old Frenchwoman Alexia Alexandra Molina.

But the two teenagers and the boss of Brit Shell are still missing.

Mersing Police Chief Superintendent Cyril Edward Nuing said the divers could not see their boat when they surfaced and ended up drifting in strong currents.

He explained: “The instructor tried to keep them all together but they got separated.

“We believe all three victims will be found safely as they are experienced divers.”

Dad Adrian, from Sheffield, had only recently moved his family to Malaysia after rising through the ranks through Shell.

He had worked as the principal engineer behind the company’s hugely successful Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office confirmed that it remains in contact with the Malaysian authorities regarding the Briton.

Local politician Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi assured the families of those missing that authorities and searchers were doing “everything we could to find them”.

A hunt involving coastguard, police and fisheries service boats began at 2:45 p.m. (0645 GMT) on Wednesday.

Senior coastguard official Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the group went missing during a training exercise at Pulau Tokong Sanggol – a small island about nine nautical miles from Tanjung Leman, Mersing.

The area is popular with tourists as it has resorts dotted along the coast and on neighboring islands.

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Diving accidents are considered rare in Malaysia.

However, in 2013, a British tourist died when she was struck by the propeller of a passing boat as she dived off the islands of the South China Sea.

An extensive search has been launched after the four divers went missing off the Malaysian island

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An extensive search has been launched after the four divers went missing off the Malaysian island

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