MANILA, Philippines - The bodies of three Filipino children and a woman have been recovered off a beach in Kampung Tinosa in Malaysia, 24 hours after their boat reportedly capsized while trying to illegally enter Sabah via Langan Island at the Philippine-Malaysian border.
The New Straits Times on Thursday reported that Assistant Superintendent Muhammad Sallam Spawi, district marine police head, confirmed that the four bodies were discovered at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday by local villagers.
The victims were identified as Madeline Ahamal, 19; three-year-olds Bibi Lain Mokhtar and Nagd Faikal Bastri; and Nagd's two-month-old brother Rajimal Bastri.
According to the report, authorities have sent the recovered bodies to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan, Malaysia and will continue to look for the three who are still missing.
Many people reportedly survived the sea accident but police have not been able to determine their actual numbert. - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV