Six killed in Malaysia boat tragedy, one missing

Six killed in Malaysia boat tragedy, one missing
Grim find: Fire and Rescue Department officers handling the body of a victim believed to have died after a boat capsized off Tanjung Karang.
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KUALA SELANGOR - Six people are confirmed dead while search operations continue to look for one more person who went missing after their boat capsized two nautical miles off Tanjung Karang.

Rescuers said 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 on Thursday.

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.

Seven people were pulled out of the water alive by fishermen. Rescuers found the bodies of three men and a woman, hours after the incident.

The body of a 57-year-old man who was believed to have been on the boat, was found on Friday afternoon about a nautical mile from where it sank.

In its second day of operation yesterday, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department said it found the body of another man on the shores of Bagan Pasir at around noon.

"We still have not found one more victim.

"Our search involves 27 people from several agencies and from the fishing village near the accident area.

"We have five boats looking for the remaining victim," said Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations assistant director Mohd Sani Harul.

The seven who were rescued by fishermen after the sinking were brought to the Tanjung Karang Hospital for treatment.

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