66 feared drowned off Malaysia's Western coast

Some 66 people are missing after a boat carrying 97 passengers, believed to be Indonesians, sank off Western Malaysia, according to the government's Maritime Agency.

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66 feared drowned off Malaysia's Western coast

Some 66 people are feared to have drowned after an overloaded wooden boat carrying 97 illegal immigrants from Indonesia sank off Malaysia's western coast, Malaysian officials said

Women and children were among the passengers and the boat was not fit for a sea voyage, said Muhammad Zuri, an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

"This was an illegal boat and all the passengers were Indonesian," Zuri told Reuters. Zuri had earlier said that 61 people were missing, but later clarified that only 31 passengers had been rescued.

The agency had sent one boat to the area to search for survivors and was sending two more, the spokesman said.

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