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66 Indonesians missing after boat sinks off Malaysia: Official

India TV News Desk 18 Jun 2014, 11:13:05 IST
India TV News Desk
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's maritime agency says a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesians has capsized off the country's west coast, with 66 people still missing.

An official with the agency says the boat was believed to have sank while trying to leave Malaysia illegally to take home the Indonesians ahead of the start of the Muslim fasting month.

The official, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said 31 people have been rescued so far.

No reason was immediately given for the accident.