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Published: Thursday August 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday August 15, 2013 MYT 9:22:02 AM

Slim chances of finding any survivors

KOTA TINGGI: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has fished out three more bodies bringing to seven death from the ill fated boat that capsized when ferrying some 40 illegal Indonesians out of the country recently.

Its southern region enforcement chief Maritime First Admiral Adon Shalan said hopes of finding any more survivors looked very slim as it had been a few days since the incident occurred.

He added that the agency managed to locate three more bodies on Monday at two different locations here.

Adon also said the first two bodies was found some 8.5 nautical miles of Tanjung Siang at around 1.35pm while the third body was located at 4.5 nautical miles of Sedili Besar some two hours later.

He also said the bodies have been handed over to the police and have been send to the Kota Tinggi Hospital here for a post-mortem.

On Sunday, four bodies have been found near Pulau Tinggi and Pulau Besar in Mersing while another body was located some 2.3 nautical miles east of Tanjung Lompat here at around 6.30pm

“If we could not find any missing survivors then the agency has no choice but to called of the mission,” said Adon when contacted by Star Metro here.

He pointed out that the agency together with other agencies including the marine police involved in the mission had utilised their manpower including ships, boats, and helicopters to find any survivors.

Adon urged illegal immigrants to take this incident as a lesson and as a reminder as well to use proper and legal way to return back to their country safely.

“They should contact their consulate or embassy if they want to return back home and avoid using uncharted way to stop them ending up such as this,” he said

It was reported that strong currents hit the boat carrying 44 Indonesians as they were on their way out of the country to Batam recently.

d wanted to go home for the Hari Raya celebrations.

The boat capsized at 10pm and four of them managed to hold onto 10-litre plastic petrol drums and stayed afloat for some 15 hours before fishermen rescued them on Friday afternoon.

Four survivors were rescued earlier.

Tags / Keywords: Southern & Eastern Region

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