Kuala Lumpur: A boat carrying 97 foreigners overturned off the western coast of Malaysia, an official here said. Sixty people were rescued and two others confirmed dead while at least 35 people were still missing.
The wooden boat capsized near Sungai Air Hitam about two nautical miles off the western coast of Malaysia.
Mohamad Hambali Yaakup, head of the Port Klang office of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, told a press conference here that those rescued included 47 men, 12 women and one child.
“The two dead were one man and one woman,” he said.
He said all the passengers were Indonesian nationals, based on the version given by the victims who had been rescued.
Mohamad Hambali said 10 boats, one helicopter and 91 rescue personnel were engaged in the search and rescue operation.