Malaysian authorities recovered on Thursday the bodies of five more individuals who had been lacking since their boat capsized off the nation’s south a day earlier, officers mentioned, bringing the loss of life toll from the accident to 16.
The lifeless included 10 males and 6 ladies, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) mentioned in a press release.
Fourteen individuals have been discovered secure, whereas 20 stay lacking, as search and rescue operations continued for a second day.
All these aboard the boat, which overturned off Malaysia’s southern Johor state in unhealthy climate on Wednesday, have been Indonesians suspected to be undocumented migrants travelling to Malaysia, the MMEA has mentioned.
Officials examine a boat that capsized and killed among the individuals onboard, as Indonesians have been suspected to be undocumented migrants touring to Malaysia.through REUTERS
The accident is the newest in a string of disasters recorded within the waterways between Indonesia and Malaysia in recent times, usually involving overloaded boats ferrying labourers searching for work in Malaysian factories and plantations.
According to Jakarta-based rights group Migrant CARE, between 100,000 and 200,000 Indonesians journey illegally to Malaysia every year for work, lots of them recruited by trafficking gangs.