IPOH: Search and rescue operations for the scores of Indonesians still missing from a capsized boat will continue today.
Hilir Perak OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said bad weather and choppy seas had hindered the operations yesterday.
He said the police had detained 14 survivors, who were pulled from the sea by fishermen after the capsize, and they were at the Hutan Melintang station.
Another survivor, a woman, was warded at the Teluk Intan Hospital, he said.
Post-mortems were being conducted on the bodies brought in by the fishermen, he said.
Asked if the passengers aboard the boat were illegal immigrants, ACP Mohd Shuhaily said the police were focused on search and rescue efforts at the moment.
“We are also trying to find out if they were on their way to Malaysia or back to Indonesia,” he said, adding that no identification documents or luggage had been recovered.
“We also don’t know if there were any children on board.”
Before the bodies were brought to the mortuary at about 8.20pm yesterday, several Indonesian men, women and children were spotted waiting nearby.
A woman, who identified herself as Guama, said a friend phoned her from Indonesia asking her to help find out if a certain someone survived the incident.
“That person works with me as a shop assistant in Teluk Intan,” she said, declining to give more details.