Boat carrying more than 100 illegals sinks

Boat carrying more than 100 illegals sinks




PORT KLANG: A boat carrying more than 100 suspected illegal immigrants sank off the coast near Westport here early Tuesday morning, killing at least six people.

Selangor marine police commandant Deputy Supt Marzuki Ismail said police suspected the vessel involved was a barter trade boat that was trying to smuggle Indonesians going home for the Hari Raya celebrations.

“We are currently concentrating our efforts on rescuing survivors and looking for the dead or missing.

“We are still investigating, but the boat could have capsized because it was overloaded as is most often the case with boats carrying illegals,” he said when contacted.

He said rescuers had so far pulled out 107 survivors and six bodies, and were trying to ascertain the actual number of passengers and crewmen on board before the mishap.

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