Pengerang boat tragedy: Four more bodies recovered

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) yesterday recovered the bodies of four more people believed to be among immigrants involved in a boat tragedy off Pengerang, near Kota Tinggi, last Wednesday.

MMEA Southern Region enforcement chief First Admiral (Maritime) Zulkifli Abu Bakar said the recovery of the four bodies brings the number of bodies found to six, with one person still missing.

The first body was found at 8 am by villagers from Sungai Rengit and the second at 9.50 am two nautical miles south of Tanjung Stapa, he said in a statement.

Zulkifli said the third and fourth bodies were found at 10.30 am at Teluk Ramunia and 1.30 pm southeast of Teluk Ramunia, respectively.

Seventeen illegal immigrants were rescued while seven went missing at sea last Wednesday after their boat capsized south of Tanjung Ayam, Pengerang.