Malaysia boat capsize toll rises to 61

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 6 (IANS) The toll in a boat-capsize off the western coast of Malaysia in the Malacca Straits rose to 61 on Sunday as four more bodies were recovered, media reported.

A police official said all the bodies were found on Sunday evening about eight nautical miles from the scene of the incident by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) with the assistance of local fishermen, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the police, 23 women, a girl and 37 men lost their lives in the incident, while 20 people, including a woman, were rescued.

It was reported that the capsized boat, believed to be carrying between 70 and 80 people when the tragedy happened, could only accommodate between 10 and 15 passengers.

The boat capsized early Thursday off Malaysia’s western coast in the Malacca Strait, and most of the passengers were believed to be Indonesian migrants.

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