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No Signs Of Nine Passengers Reported Missing In Tanjung Piai Boat Capsize Incident

JOHOR BAHARU, July 16 (Bernama) -- The massive search and rescue (SAR) operation jointly mounted by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department and Marine Department has yet to find any survivors.

The search and rescue operation was launched after a boat with 80 Indonesian illegal immigrants reportedly capsized off Tanjung Piai near Pontian, yesterday.

The boat had collided with a Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) vessel that was engaged in an "Ops Tumpas" operation.

Since then, two people were reported dead and 9 others are feared drowned while the search operation is being carried out around a six square nautical mile area between Tanjung Pelepas and Tanjung Piai.

MMEA South Region 6 enforcement head Captain Aminuddin Abdul Rashid the second day of the search and rescue operation which started at 7am this morning was focused along the shores and mangrove area towards the Singapore and Indonesia coastline.

"Nine are still missing and believed drowned. When investigating the two skippers of the boat, they admitted that the number of passengers was 70 and not 78 as estimated earlier," he said when contacted here Wednesday.

During the 11.40pm incident which occurred about three nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai, 61 passengers, including the two skippers were rescued.

The boat was believed to be heading to Pulau Batam, Indonesia after leaving Tanjung Adang in Gelang Patah.

--BERNAMA




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