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Indonesians rescued from faulty boat off Malaysia after drifting for five days

Published on Jan 5, 2014 12:03 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Some 51 Indonesians who drifted in rough seas for five days after the engine on their rickety boat failed have been rescued by Malaysian authorities, a report said on Sunday.

The 34 men, 14 women and three children - including a two-month-old girl, are thought to have boarded the fishing boat on December 28 as they tried to sneak out of Malaysia to return to Indonesia's Sumatra island, The Star reported.

But the vessel suffered engine problems and drifted until maritime personnel spotted it on Thursday off northern Perak state, the report added.

The immigrants were weak from hunger and shaken by bad weather that rocked the boat, Razak Johan - an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency - told the paper.

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