35 still missing in boat sinking accident in Malaysia
                 English.news.cn | 2014-06-18 16:13:47 | Editor: Luan
• 35 were still missing after a boat carrying 97 foreigners sank off the western coast of Malaysia.
• Two had been confirmed dead and 60 rescued, Malaysian official told a press conference Wednesday.
• Mohamad Hambali said 10 boats, 1 helicopter and 91 personnel had been dispatched for search.
 
 

MALAYSIA-BOAT SINKING ACCIDENT

Mohamad Hambali Yaakup, head of the Port Klang office of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, speaks at a press conference in Port Klang, Malaysia, June 18, 2014. As of 13:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday, 35 people were still missing after a boat carrying 97 foreigners sank near Sungai Air Hitam off the western coast of Malaysia. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Xinhua) -- As of 13:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday, 35 people were still missing after a boat carrying 97 foreigners sank near Sungai Air Hitam off the western coast of Malaysia.

Two people had been confirmed dead and 60 rescued, Malaysian official told a press conference on Wednesday.

Mohamad Hambali Yaakup, head of the Port Klang office of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, said those were rescued included 47 men, 12 women and one child. "The two dead were one man and one woman," said the official.

He said all the passengers were Indonesian nationals, according to the investigation with the victim who had been rescued.

The accident happened at 00:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, when it was a windy weather and the waters were tough, said the official, adding, "the boat sank very near the shore."

Mohamad Hambali said 10 boats, one helicopter and 91 personnel had been dispatched for the search and rescue operation.

Related:

Boat carrying 97 passengers capsizes off western Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Xinhua)-- A wooden boat carrying 97 foreigners capsized about two nautical miles near Sungai Air Hitam off the western coast of Malaysia, local media reported Wednesday.

The Banting Fire and Rescue department received the distress call at about 0:24 a.m. Wednesday, and the search and rescue team got to the scene 30 minutes later, The Star reported. Full Story

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