8 dead, 20 missing in Malaysia boat accident

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Baku, July 25, AZERTAC

Malaysia's coast guard said on Monday they had retrieved eight bodies after a boat capsized off the southern state of Johor at the weekend with another 20 people believed to be missing, according to AFP.

Local media reported that the boat carrying 62 people -- all Indonesians and thought to be illegal immigrants -- capsized due to strong waves late on Saturday night.

So far, 34 passengers have been rescued and a search was ongoing, an coast guard official told AFP.

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