13 Indonesians drown when boat capsizes off Malaysia

Thirteen people drowned Tuesday when a boat carrying Indonesian illegal immigrants capsized after being struck by strong waves off Malaysia, state news agency Bernama reported, quoting local police.

The boat was believed to be taking the Indonesians back to their home country when it overturned off the southern Malaysian state of Johor.

Police Chief Superintendant Rahmat Othman of the Malaysian town of Kota Tinggi was quoted by Bernama as saying police had launched a search for survivors and any more victims.

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The dead included nine women and four men, whose bodies washed up on beaches in the area, the report said.