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Eighteen missing off Malaysian island rescued

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Eighteen people missing at sea near the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi were rescued, officials said yesterday, after their boat capsized due to bad weather.

 The coast guard said the 18 were picked up by fishermen late on Saturday after their boat vanishing earlier that afternoon had triggered a search.

Senior coast guard official Mohamad Zawawi Abdullah said a combined effort by authorities and local fishermen saw the victims safely rescued after their boat capsized due to strong waves.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin