5 confirmed dead in boat mishap in Malaysia

5 confirmed dead in boat mishap in Malaysia
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KUALA SELANGOR, Malaysia - Five people are confirmed dead while the search continues for another two people who went missing after their boat capsized two nautical miles off Tanjung Karang on Thursday.

Rescuers say that as many as 14 people set off from the Bagan Pasir jetty on a fishing boat to scatter ashes of a loved one and perform a religious ceremony out on the water.

Unfortunately, the boat sprung a leak and began to sink while the group was heading back to land at about 5pm, and capsized after being hit by waves.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department said that seven people were pulled out of the water alive while five have been confirmed dead.

"We still have not found two other victims, who are both male. We began our search again at about 8am Saturday with four boats and another fishing boat to look for the victims," said Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations assistant director Mohd Sani Harul.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the Marine Department, the Civil Defence Department and fishermen from Kamping Sungai Karang are also involved in the search operation.

The seven who were rescued were sent to the Tanjung Karang Hospital for treatment.

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