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A missing French tourist was found dead in Pulau Tioman, Malaysia on Wednesday.

According to AsiaOne, Jerome Philippe Laurent, 24, allegedly went snorkelling in front of the Berjaya Tioman Resort at about 3pm on 2 September.

His friend felt something was wrong when he didn’t return to his chalet by 5.30pm, and contacted the police.

Deputy superintendent of Rompin police, Johari Jahaya said that a search was initiated at 6.30pm, but it was called off at nightfall.

Another manhunt was launched the next day involving 26 personnel from the authorities using three boats.

The state police chief senior deputy commissioner Datuk Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said: “I instructed the district police chief to go all out to locate the missing foreigner.”

This incident occurred just three months after Briton Gareth David Huntley’s body was found after going missing on a jungle trek.

Huntley’s body was discovered on June 4 in the Mentawak River, and the post-mortem showed that he had died at least three days earlier.

Datuk Sharifuddin also implored those participating in sea activities, such as swimming and snorkelling, to go in pairs.

“[That way], they can look after one another in case of an emergency and alert the authorities promptly,” he said.


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