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LANGKAWI, Feb 21, 2016:

Search and rescue teams led by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) today rescued all anglers on board a boat which capsized near Pulau Payar here last night. MMEA Northern Region operations director Maritime Captain Salim Ahmad said he received reports that 19 people were rescued from the boat at about 2.30pm and the total was higher compared with the 15 people reported prior to this. “We have confirmed all victims are safe and have been transferred to fishing boats taking part in the operation to be brought to Kuala Kedah,” he said when contacted by Bernama here. He said disruption in communications with the operation teams was hindering efforts to identify the actual number of people who were on board the boat which capsized about 10 nautical miles from Pulau Payar at about 10.30pm last night. According to him, the capsized vessel was refloated and was being towed to Langkawi which would take about four hours.

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