20 Jul '11, 3am

Malaysia rescues 46 Indonesian illegal immigrants from sinking boat.

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN authorities have rescued 46 Indonesians who were trying to sneak back into their country when their boat sank, an official said on Wednesday. The 46 men, all believed to be illegal immigrants, were saved from the rickety boat after it experienced engine trouble off southern Johor state early Tuesday, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency official said. 'The engine had a problem, and the boat sank,' he told AFP. 'It happened in rough weather.' The official said the boat sent a distress call but maritime officials took 10 hours to locate it, arriving just before it sank. The immigrants were taken into custody pending further investigations, but the skipper managed to escape before the boat sank, the official said. The boat was headed to Indonesia's Batam island, he said. Hundreds of illegal immigrants from neighbouring Indonesia have been arrested ...

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