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BOAT THAT WAS ALLEGEDLY FERRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAPSIZES OFF JOHOR

A boat that was allegedly ferrying a group of illegal immigrants capsized off Southern Johor yesterday morning, resulting in 10 being dead and 29 still missing, according to Reuters.

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21 people were reported safe and the boat was believed to have been capsized because of the adverse weather conditions.

According to Yahoo Malaysia, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said that the boat experienced difficulties in the waters on 15 December at around 4.30am, off Tanjung Balau and a search-and-rescue operation was then launched at 8.50am.

They dispatched a KM Tegas patrol boat, a Petir 50 boat and an AW 139 Agusta aircraft to help with the search operations.

At the time of writing, it remains unclear if the boat was leaving or entering the waters of Malaysia.

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Images source: Maritime Negeri Johor

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