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13 passengers feared drowned after Indonesia-bound boat capsizes

13 passengers feared drowned after Indonesia-bound boat capsizes

Rescue operatives are battling to save the lives of at least 13 passengers who were among passengers that drowned while aboard a boat sailing from Malaysia to Indonesia which unfortunately capsized.

Reports say two passengers out of 15 have been brought ashore by rescue operatives who are battling tooth and nail to ensure the rescue of 13 others who are yet to be found.

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According to Malaysian maritime authorities the boat capsized in rough seas off the port of Tawau on the Indonesian island of Sabah, with only two survivors, a husband and wife, rescued thus far.

In a statement issued late on Wednesday, the maritime authorities said it had launched a search and rescue operation, but that the 24 hour delay in being notified would make the search difficult.

“It is feared that 13 victims including the skipper and a baby has drowned. Search and rescue efforts will be continued to find any survivors,” said maritime territory director Mohd Zubil Mat Som.



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