Nine bodies found after boat capsizes in Malaysia

In this handout photo released by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on June 18, 2014 shows Malaysian marine police officers standing on the deck of a boat with victim's bodies retrieved from a capsized boat on the outskirts of Banting after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants sank overnight in seas off western Malaysia. Thirty-seven people remained missing on June 18 after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia, killing at least two. Officials said 58 people had been rescued or made it to land by themselves after the accident around midnight near Port Klang, Malaysia's largest port. AFP PHOTO/ AFP PHOTO / Malaysian Maritime Enforcement ---EDITORS NOTE ----- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Malaysian Maritime Enforcement" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has said that nine people are confirmed drowned and several others missing after a boat believed to be carrying illegal immigrants capsized off Malaysia’s east coast. The bodies of six women and three men were washed ashore at a beach near the town of Mersing earlier Monday, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.
An Agency spokesman has said that they believed there were about 40 Indonesians on the boat and we believe they were illegal immigrants.
The boat was headed from Indonesia to Malaysia when it capsized. A search is underway for the remaining passengers. No further details were provided but such capsizes are common.
Last November a speedboat believed to be carrying illegal Indonesian migrant workers returning from Malaysia sank near Batam Island, south of Singapore. More than 40 people were missing.

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