Victims of the sunken boat (Photo: EFE)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – At least one woman died and 18 others went missing after a boat carrying dozens of illegal immigrants from Indonesia sank off Malaysia’s shore.

According to the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the vessel capsized on the night of July 1 off southern Malaysia’s Johor state, with 44 passengers onboard.

The boat was en route from Batam island of Indonesia to Tanjung Penawar in Johor state.

So far, 25 people were rescued. Search and rescue forces are looking for the missing passengers.

Nearly 150 rescuers from several Malaysian government agencies, along with seven vessels and one helicopter have been deployed for the search in an area of more than 510 square kilometers.

In addition, Malaysian authorities have requested assistance from Singapore and Indonesia to search for the missing within their own waters.-VNA