10 missing in Indonesia migrant boat capsize

24 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PEKANBARU: Ten people were missing after a boat carrying 20 migrant workers capsized off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, a search and rescue official said Thursday, reports AFP.  

The wooden vessel, which was bound for neighbouring Malaysia, began taking on water when it was inundated by high waves on Tuesday evening.

“There were 20 people on board — 10 of them were rescued while 10 others are still missing,” local search and rescue official Leni Tadika told Metro TV Thursday. The rescued workers, who wore life vests, were spotted by fishermen on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the passengers were illegal migrants.

Indonesians regularly make the perilous crossing to Malaysia in search of work, often as construction and palm oil plantation workers.