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Boat carrying 97 people capsizes off Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, June 18 :

A boat carrying 97 foreigners overturned about two nautical miles off the western coast of Malaysia, a media report said here Wednesday. Thirty-one people were rescued but others remained missing.

It was a wooden boat which capsized near Sungai Air Hitam off the western coast of Malaysia, Xinhua reported.

The fire and rescue department received a distress call at about 12.24 a.m. and their team reached the scene within 30 minutes, The Star reported.

The search operation was still on till last report and the fire fighters were monitoring the coastline.

(IANS)