The Straits Times
Published on Jan 14, 2013

At least 8 missing after boat sinks off Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - At least eight Indonesian illegal migrants were missing after a boat smuggling them out of Malaysia sank in rough seas on Monday while 41 other people were rescued, an official said.

The boat capsized near the southern Malaysian state of Johor, an official from the Maritime Enforcement Agency said.

"The boat was overloaded, and the seas were rough so it sank," he said, adding that search and rescue efforts for those still missing were under way.

He said the boat had been carrying around 50 passengers but the exact number was not known.