Migrant boat sinks off Malaysia, two dead

EILEEN NG
Last updated 19:06 18/06/2014

Relevant offers

Asia

German prosecutors investigate teenager for shooting toy gun at Thai king Witnesses in human trafficking trial claim Immigration NZ has hung them out to dry Islamic militants withdraw after storming school and taking hostages in the Philippines Otto Warmbier's family declines autopsy for US student released by North Korea US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against North Korea Bali police employ scuba gear in hunt for Australian jail escapee Dried lizard penises sold as good luck charms in international fraud racket US man Otto Warmbier dies after returning home from being detained in North Korea Australian and three others break out of notorious Bali prison through water-filled tunnel Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat waves worsening

At least 60 people survived when a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesian migrants capsized and sank after leaving Malaysia’s west coast, but 35 others are still missing and two bodies have been recovered, Malaysia’s maritime agency said Wednesday.      

The boat sank shortly after midnight about 2 nautical miles (3.7 kilometres) from shore on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur while trying to leave Malaysia illegally for Indonesia, said Mohamad Hambali Yaakup. 

He said survivors included 12 women and a child. The Indonesians were believed to be heading home ahead of the start of the holy Muslim  month of Ramadan. 

They were being questioned by police and immigration authorities, and Indonesian embassy officials were also on the scene. 

A ship and several boats were searching for further survivors. 

He said authorities are still investigating the reason why the boat sank. 

Tens of thousands of Indonesians work illegally in plantations and other industries in Malaysia. They often risk dangerous journeys in poorly equipped boats to return home. 

The area the boat sank is in the Strait of Malacca directly across from Indonesia.


Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content