Overloaded boat sinks off Malaysia, 42 Indonesians missing




 
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Overloaded boat sinks off Malaysia, 42 Indonesians missing
 
June 18th, 2014  
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Overloaded boat sinks off Malaysia, 42 Indonesians missing
By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An overloaded wooden boat carrying 97 suspected illegal Indonesian immigrants sank off Malaysia's western coast on Wednesday, with rescuers searching for at least 42 missing people, Malaysian officials said. The passengers included women and children and the boat was not fit for a sea voyage, said Muhammad Zuri, an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The boat was heading for Malaysia, Zuri said, but another rescue official said the vessel was going from Malaysia to Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh. The second rescue official said the boat left from Malaysia's Carey Island, an area roughly a fifth the size of Singapore that is dominated by oil palm plantations.

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