7 Indonesians believed drowned and another 41 Rescued after boat sank

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There are 48 illegal immigrants that struggled to keep afloat for more than 2 hours in the cold freezing Pengerang waters, before 1 of them succeeded to warn the naval authorities.
At press time, forty-one have been saved while 7 others feared drown.
The survivors of the people, including 2 kids aged 1 and 2, an 8-month pregnant woman, thirty-one other men and 3 women aged among twenty and forty. There are also 4 men that managed to swim to the seashore.
The naval authorities have yet to define if the vessel's captain and his 2 crew members escaped or among those who are still missing.
At 3 a.m. yesterday, the forty-five Indonesians boarded an 8-metre long fibre vessel that had the capacity of sixteen passengers along an illegal exit point along Sungai Renggit in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi.
The vessel was manned by the captain and the 2 crew members.
The director of district operations Mustafa Kamal Abas of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) told that just three-hundred meters into the waters that was extremely rough, with strong winds, the vessel capsized.

The vessel was brought ashore and naval forces of Malaysia discovered a hole on it which might also be 1 of the possibilities why it capsized," Mustafa stated.
The victims of the accident struggled to hold on to the capsized vessel, before 1 of them managed to warn the Malaysia Emergency Response Services: 999, using a cellphone.
MMEA obtained the distress call at 5.20 a.m., and alerted the Marine police and the Fire and Rescue Department's Search and Rescue Divers.
There were 4 vessels with twelve people staff from MMEA and Marine sent to the scene.

The survivors of the accident were being held at the MMEA centre at Tanjung Sedili.
Mustafa also added that most of the victims were from Lombok, - Indonesia and they had worked illegally in the country.