At least 10 feared missing after vessel capsizes off Malaysia

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Malaysia launched search and rescue operations after a sand dredging vessel capsized Wednesday in the waters off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait, leaving at least one dead and 14 crew members missing.

The Chinese-owned, Dominican-registered dredger was carrying one Malaysian, an Indonesian and 16 Chinese crew members.

The coastguard said authorities in the southern state were alerted at 8:50am that the vessel, the JBB Rong Chang 8, had sank.

Officials said three Chinese citizens have already been rescued.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has managed to rescue 6 crew members.

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He said the vessel was large and the trapped crew would be able to survive for 24 to 48 hours.

Past year two foreign vessels manned by Chinese crew were seized off Malaysia's west coast for allegedly conducting illegal sand-dredging.

The sailors were dredging sand from coastal areas to ship to wealthy land-scarce areas like Singapore when the ship capsized.

He said the three rescued crewmen and the body of the drowned crewman had been brought to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar, but their identities had yet to be established.

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