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32 missing as boat sinks off Malaysia; 60 survive

The boat sank shortly after midnight about 2 nautical miles (3.7 kilometers) from shore on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur while trying to leave Malaysia illegally for Indonesia, said Mohamad Hambali Yaakup.

He said survivors included 12 women and a child. The Indonesians were believed to be heading home ahead of the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Dozens Missing After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Malaysian Coast

They were being questioned by police and immigration authorities, and Indonesian embassy officials were also on the scene.

A ship and several boats were searching for further survivors.

He said authorities are still investigating the reason why the boat sank.

Tens of thousands of Indonesians work illegally in plantations and other industries in Malaysia. They often risk dangerous journeys in poorly equipped boats to return home.

The area the boat sank is in the Strait of Malacca directly across from Indonesia.

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Joel Donnenwirth June 18 2014 at 7:52 AM

How long did it take before they noticed the boat missing and do we really have the truth as to what happened to this boat they lose things you know like planes and boats.

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bdgrizcp Joel Donnenwirth June 18 2014 at 9:03 AM

Ummm...this was an illegal border crossing. Similar to but not quite as extreme as the voyage Haitians take to get to the US.

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jay love Joel Donnenwirth June 18 2014 at 5:36 PM

the simple truth is some fisherman, or human smuggler was taking a crap load of human cargo back home to Indonesia from Malaysia where they work illegally, they use rickety old boats that should not even be floating, much less on the ocean and they overload them with as many as possible for profit, this is what happens when you do that and it happens more often than we hear about? no mystery here at all, people die by the hundreds even here on our sounthern border doing the exact same thing every day for the same reasons and nobody cares either??

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hanlon1212 June 18 2014 at 8:05 AM

Maybe Malaysians should stick to walking ?

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tny53 June 18 2014 at 2:03 PM

OH NO, MALAYSIA again. Lets hope they find them.

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tbmuch June 18 2014 at 8:29 AM

Malaysia officials remind me of the people in the early days of the 18th century.

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bdgrizcp tbmuch June 18 2014 at 9:00 AM

WOW. You were around back then? Did you save some gold coins to underwrite your future?

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kmcewan007 June 18 2014 at 9:45 AM

sounds like revenge to me

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jay love kmcewan007 June 18 2014 at 5:38 PM

sounds like a broken down old boat and way, way over-loaded with immigrants to me? the only mystery here is how so many of these rust bucket boats actually make the same journey there and back every other day with the same over-loaded bunch of people aboard??

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the london co June 18 2014 at 12:41 PM

another-shouldn't they start putting inflatables on the boats like the slides when you evacuate on the sides that can be inflated manually or when water touches it and inflates to keep the boat up longer for passengers to get off and signal distress calls(funnily enough it was the germans that invented morse code) have them at a point where if the level of water reaches them they automatically inflate-and use in docks as stabilizers-why not reintroduce hovercrafts like those that did the english channel crossings -we could use them to import and export to florida through belize and mexico and the islands
that would increase use of plastics from recycling

paint planes neon so in the day they can be seen and at night they glow-easier if a craft goes down in the water or elsewhere to find
also alot of business for painters

someone mentioned caleb so looked up look at this -i presume they don't mean a space alien wiki :In this Exodus passage "If an alien who resides with you"

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jay love the london co June 18 2014 at 5:26 PM

These are NOT officially sanctioned boats, or boats owned by reputable companies that are licensed to be carrying people on the open waters, much less the open sea's? these are old buckets which are owned by poor fishermen who lease them out, or run them for a fee to human smugglers? they are much like our border situation between Mexico and the US, except the people are usually brought by land, or over a river and then met by car, or truck? these are poor Indonesian people who run by water between their country and Malaysia and Singapore for work.

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ddstan1120 June 18 2014 at 4:10 PM

CNN is on top of this, and they will find this boat, if it takes months and months.
Just like they found Flight 370. OOPS! They still haven't found it after a month and a half?

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jay love June 18 2014 at 5:32 PM

I have spent a lot of time in this region, Malaysia and Singapore, its very common to see these people who are illegals from Indonesia, a very poor country, and they boat across the straight of Malacca and the straigh of Jahor Baru to seek out work in either Singapore, or Malaysia. its only about 90 miles from Indonesia to Singapore and probably similar to Malaysia, along the beaches you will find hand made wooden canoe type boats abandoned where they ruffed the high sea to get there illegally and then run into the cities to look for work. its both a huge problem for the governments as well as a huge part of the economy there for employers looking for cheap labor, or to do work richer people won't do? same problem we have here in the states with the Mexicans except these people are not trying to change the culture of the host country, just trying to earn a living?

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Dave June 18 2014 at 5:35 PM

3rd world? maybe in dinosaur times........ so many mishaps

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