BOAT SINKS OFF BATAM, KILLING AT LEAST 18

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JAKARTA: At least 18 peo­ple died and 40 were miss­ing yes­ter­day af­ter a boat car­ry­ing mi­grant work­ers cap­sized off In­done­sia’s Batam is­land, a res­cue of­fi­cial said. Thirty-five peo­ple were res­cued af­ter the ac­ci­dent, said Eko Supriyanto, head of the search and res­cue agency in Tan­jung Pi­nang, cap­i­tal of Riau Is­lands prov­ince. He said the mo­torised boat was car­ry­ing 93 mi­grant work­ers from Malaysia to Batam, an is­land just south of Sin­ga­pore. The cause of the ac­ci­dent was not im­me­di­ately clear but the boat ap­peared to have been crowded, he said. – dpa

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