Thursday, 17 July 2014

Seven more bodies recovered in Tanjung Piai boat capsize incident

Seven more bodies have been recovered following Monday’s collision between a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) vessel and a boat carrying illegal immigrants off Tanjung Piai.

The latest figure brings the death toll to 11.

An official involved in the search and rescue operation said that 61 people have been rescued so far.

The seven bodies recovered on Thursday were that of four men and three women.

Monday’s collision occurred following a tip-off received by authorities of a suspicious-looking boat in the waters off Tanjung Piai.

A 10-minute high-speed chase ensued after the MMEA vessel attempted to intercept it.

During the chase, the MMEA vessel was rammed twice.

A massive operation involving several agencies including the police, fire and rescue department and civil defence is underway to find the victims of the collision.

Thursday 17 July 2014


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