UPDATE: Malaysia maritime official says 60 migrants survive boat sinking, with 35 missing and 2 dead
UPDATE: China’s Xinhua news agency is reporting that 42 are now unaccounted for after the incident:
42 still missing after wooden boat sank off Malaysia western coast, 55 rescued
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 18, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s maritime agency says a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesians has capsized off the country’s west coast, with 66 people still missing.
An official with the agency says the boat was believed to have sank while trying to leave Malaysia illegally to take home the Indonesians ahead of the start of the Muslim fasting month.
The official, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said Wednesday that 31 people have been rescued so far.
No reason was immediately given for the accident.