3 Singapore tourists drown as Malaysia boat sinks

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 27, 2010 03:16

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Three Singaporean tourists drowned and two others were missing after an overloaded passenger boat capsized near a Malaysian resort island.

The wooden vessel was transporting nearly 30 people to a mainland port Sunday after leaving Malaysia's southern Sibu island, one of the diving zones closest to neighboring Singapore, district police chief Mohamad Nor Rashid said.

The boat was carrying more than double its recommended capacity and capsized after being struck by strong waves, Mohamad Nor said. The passengers were not wearing life jackets.

Rescuers recovered the bodies of two Singaporean men and a woman and were looking for two missing passengers, also Singaporeans, Mohamad Nor said. He added that police had detained the boat's Malaysian captain for questioning.


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