PORT KLANG – Fourteen people, believed to be Indonesian nationals, drowned, while 15 were rescued after a boat capsized in the waters off Selangor this morning.
Klang District Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) First Admiral Mohd Aliyas Hamdan said the 12.2-metre long boat, which was carrying approximately 70 passengers, capsized while heading to Tanjong Balai, Indonesia from Kuala Sungai Bernam, nine nautical miles south west of Tanjong Sauh.
“MMEA was alerted about the 10.37 am incident by local fishermen who found 14 bodies, 13 of whom were women, and rescued 14 men and a woman,” he told a media conference at the Klang District MMEA headquarters here.
He said the incident was probably due to bad weather or the boat being overloaded.
“We are still investigating the actual cause of the incident,” he said, adding that two MMEA vessels and two boats had been rushed to the scene to find other victims who were still missing. – BERNAMA