Five more bodies were recovered Wednesday along the coast of southern Malaysia, bringing to 18 the number of victims from a boat accident two days ago, a district police chief said.
The five male bodies, suspected to be Indonesian migrants, washed up along the shore of Kota Tinggi town, south of Kuala Lumpur, according to district police chief Superintendent Rahmat Othman.
The victims came from nearby Indonesia’s Batam Island and were trying to enter Malaysia illegally when their boat capsized due to high waves, Rahmat said.
He had said on Tuesday that the victims were heading back to their homeland.
Rescuers have not recovered survivors from the accident, but a police official who asked not to be identified said there appeared to be some survivors who fled to avoid capture by the police.
Deadly boat accidents usually involving illegal migrants on unsafe vessels are common along the Malaysian coast.
The Home Ministry estimate there are 1.5 million illegal Indonesian workers in Malaysia.