Boat sinks off western Malaysia, 61 feared drowned
A boat carrying 97 people from Indonesia sank off the western coast of Malaysia, with 61 of the passengers still missing.
A boat carrying 97 people from¬†Indonesia¬†sank off the western coast of¬†Malaysia¬†and 61 of the passengers are still missing, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said on Wednesday.
The passengers included women and children and were suspected of trying to reach¬†Malaysia¬†illegally, a spokesman for the agency said. The agency had sent one boat to the area to search for survivors and was sending two more, the spokesman said.
Malaysia's¬†New Straits Times¬†said the boat sank around midnight on Tuesday about two miles (3 km) from the coastal town of¬†Banting¬†on the Strait of Malacca. (Reporting By Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Paul Tait)