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July 20, 1993: Malaysia boat tragedy

Today in History: July 20, 1993: Malaysia boat tragedy

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Rescue workers wait for a stretcher to carry bodyof a man who among the Indonesians who drowned off Malaysia. - Gulf News Archives
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Malaysia boat tragedy

1993 - At least 37 Indonesian illegal immigrants drowned and another 35 are feared dead after they were forced to swim ashore from a ferry smuggling them to Morib, Malaysia, rescue workers said. The captain of the boat carrying about 120 people across the Malacca Strait to Malaysia forced the passengers off the vessel after hitting a sandbar. Forty-nine of them survived a frantic 300-metre pre-dawn swim to reach Morib, about 80km south of Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia’s west coast. The dead, including 19 women and three young children, were given a mass burial in a Muslim cemetery overlooking the quiet beach where their bodies were washed ashore.

July 20

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