Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia

At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia Tuesday, a maritime official said.

"The boat carried illegal immigrants going back to Indonesia" to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the official told AFP, adding that 59 people were rescued after the accident late Monday.

"The boat was small and... overloaded," the official from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said, requesting anonymity.