Boat capsizes in Banting

A boat carrying a total of 97 people capsized off the western coast of Selangor, near Sungai Air Hitam, Banting, early this morning.

The incident of the capsized boat which ferried nearly 100 passengers from Indonesians early Wednesday rocked the usually peaceful and quiet coastal area community near Banting. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR | Astro Awani
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The incident of the capsized boat which ferried nearly 100 passengers from Indonesians early Wednesday rocked the usually peaceful and quiet coastal area community near Banting. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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The Fire and Rescue Department said that it received a distress call at 12.24am and arrived on scene about 30 minutes later. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said a temporary command centre has been opened on Carey Island to accommodate the 31 passengers who were rescued. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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So far, 62 victims -- 49 men, 12 women and one child have been rescued by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. 26 missing are feared to be dead. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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The search which began early Wednesday morning stretched up to the night, with nine bodies recovered by the time operations stopped for the day. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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All the bodies revored were brought to the Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for post-mortem. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Herman Prayitno said that the Indonesians, who came in legally, opted for an illegal route back home to avoid legal action as they overstayed. - Astro AWANI

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Here are some the 62 survivors who were rescued by the authorities after the boat carrying 97 capsized. - Astro AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR

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Those ashore, including the survivors, await the latest updates on the search and rescue operations. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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Operations and rescue chief Mohd Jaslizad Jalil said a search and rescue (SAR) team was also sent to the coastline - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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The search for survivors of the capsized boat in Banting consisted teams of rescue boats and scuba teams. - Astro AWANI/ SHAHIR OMAR

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Two maritime ships have been dispatched including a helicopter. A command centre is currently operating at the Pantai Klanang Jetty. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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An officer strains to look out of a helicopter in the search and rescue operation for the migrants from the capsized boat. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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Photograph shows a body spotted floating in the waters by the search and rescue team. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) pulling the body of one of the migrants who drowned near the area where the boat capsized along the Straits of Malacca. - MALAYSIAN MARITIME

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The boat is said to have departed from the Sungai Air Hitam jetty on Wednesday and was en route to Acheh. Seen here are members of the media at the jetty and a body being brought out upon discovery. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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To date, Malaysia has an estimated 3.5 million foreigners in country, with more than one third of the total are illegal workers. Seen here are parts of the capsized boat. - MALAYSIAN MARITIME

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Undocumented workers, a large number are Indonesians, move in and out of the country illegally, and risk their lives in dangerous journeys in poorly equipped boats. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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The search and rescue operation is expected to continue until all victims are accounted for. - Astro AWANI /SHAHIR OMAR

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The Fire and Rescue Department continue their search for the missing victims. -AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR

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A fisherman is also doing his bid to help search the missing people. -AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR

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A fisherman keeping a lookout for any signs of the victims involved in the capsized boat tragedy on Wednesday. AWANI / SHAHIR OMAR

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A fisherman joins the rescue team to keep searching for victims of the boat capsized at the Sungai Air Hitam, Kuala Langat Banting. -AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR

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Fishermen at Kampung Kelanang gather at the Kuala Kelanang Jetty in Kuala Langat to be part of the rescue mission. -AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR

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The body of one of the victims was brought to the Kuala Kelenang Jetty in Kuala Langat before being sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang. -AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR

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The number of deaths in the Banting boat mishap is steadily escalating, with another body recovered on Thursday afternoon. -AWANI/SHAHIR OMAR