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27 missing, nine dead after boat sinks off Malaysia

Published on Jun 18, 2014 11:01 PM
 
A Malaysia Maritime officer looks out into the sea during a search and rescue in Kuala Langat outside Kuala Lumpur, off Malaysia's western coast, on June 18, 2014. Twenty-seven people were missing on Wednesday and nine were confirmed dead after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants headed home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANTING, Malaysia (AFP) - Twenty-seven people were missing on Wednesday and nine were confirmed dead after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants headed home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia.

Officials said 61 people were rescued or made it to land by themselves after the accident around midnight near Port Klang, Malaysia's largest port, as authorities intensify the search with nine ships and a helicopter.

"Twenty-seven people are still missing. We have found nine bodies. They died due to drowning," said Mohamad Hambali Yaakup, head of the Port Klang office of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

"Rough seas are making our rescue operation difficult. But we will continue the search with rotating teams until the remaining people are found," he said.

 
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