KUANTAN - A French tourist has gone missing in Pulau Tioman, almost three months after Briton Gareth David Huntley was found dead following a jungle trek.
This time, Jerome Philippe Laurent, 24, went missing after going snorkelling in front of the Berjaya Tioman Resort, a half-hour's drive from the jungle where Huntley disappeared.
Laurent had apparently gone snorkelling at about 3pm on Tuesday. When he failed to return to his chalet by 5.30pm, his friend raised an alarm.
Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Jahaya said a search was launched after the police was informed at 6.30pm. However, the search had to be called off due to the failing light.
Another search was mounted yesterday involiving 26 personnel from the police, marine police, Fire and Rescue Department and the Civil Defence Department with three boats.
State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said: "I have instructed the district police chief to go all out to locate the missing foreigner."
SDCP Sharifuddin said this when supervising a site visit to Kelau dam in Raub by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob yesterday. He also urged those participating in sea activities, such as swimming and snorkelling, to go in pairs to avoid any untoward incident.
"They can look after one another in case of an emergency and alert the authorities promptly," he said.
Huntley's body was discovered on June 4 in the Mentawak River in Pulau Tioman.
A post-mortem showed that he had died at least three days prior to the find.