Dozens missing after boat carrying migrants capsizes off Malaysia
Sept.3, Kuala Lumpur: A boat carrying at least 70 people has capsized off the country's west coast, leaving 14 people dead, Malaysian authorities said.
The capsizing took place early on Thursday near the town of Sabak Bernam in Selangor state.
Rescuers were searching for dozens of missing people hours after their small wooden vessel, believed to have been carrying 70 passengers, disappeared near the coastal town.
Malaysian authorities said that 14 people, 13 women and one man, were confirmed dead. At least 15 others have been rescued.
The passengers onboard were believed to be Indonesian migrants, the authorities said.
Thousands of Indonesians work illegally in plantations and other industries in Malaysia. They often risk dangerous sea journeys to return home.
Officials said that they have deployed ships and an aeroplane to search for survivors.
The Oslo Times