2 Feb 2012

Eight dead as asylum seeker boat sinks off Malaysia

9:12 pm on 2 February 2012

At least eight asylum seekers have drowned and more are missing after their boat capsized off southern Malaysia while en route to Australia.

It's believed the occupants were intending to make landfall in Indonesia before heading to Australia.

The sinking comes just two months after more than 200 asylum seekers drowned when their vessel sank after leaving for Australia from East Java in Indonesia.

Malaysian authorities have confirmed that eight bodies were found on a beach in southern Johor state early on Wednesday.

Grave fears are held for about six others who are missing.

Another 13 people managed to make it to shore.

The boat was carrying about 25 asylum seekers believed to be from Afghanistan and Iraq.