Death toll in Malaysian boat tragedy reaches 61

  • AP, Kuala Lampur
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:10 IST
Rescuers carry a body recovered from a capsized boat believed to be carrying illegal migrants, at a jetty in Hutan Melintang, Malaysia. (Reuters Photo/ The New Straits Times)

The death toll from boat carrying Indonesian migrant workers that capsized last week off Malaysia's western coast has risen to 61, while another 20 Indonesians have been rescued.

Malaysian maritime official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup says rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 37 men, 23 women and that of a young girl.

The wooden boat was believed to have been taking migrant workers home to Tanjung Balai in Indonesia's Sumatra province when it sank on Thursday in bad sea conditions, not far from the coast of Sabak Bernam town in central Selangor state.

Hambali said on Monday that the search operation will continue. Such incidents are common in Malaysia, which has up to 2 million Indonesian migrants working illegally.

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