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Malacca Strait life raft found as missing plane MH370 off course mystery deepens

While the search for missing plane MH370 continues, officials are still trying to figure out why the plane was hundreds of miles off course as well as other mysteries surrounding the disappearance of the Boeing 777 aircraft. Meanwhile, a new development in the case regarding a Malacca Strait life raft that was allegedly found by a group of fishermen is now topping headlines. As reported by Yahoo! News on March 12, a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” was discovered 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town.

Reportedly, the Malacca Strait life raft was first spotted by a fishermen, Azman Mohamad, 40. Mohamad told authorities that the raft was in bad condition when he saw it floating in the waters.

"We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages," he said.

Although the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Malacca immediately headed to the scene after being notified of the life raft, the raft sunk into the sea while they were trying to bring it onboard the MMEA boat, according to a MMEA spokesman.

Later reports indicate that attempts are now being made to salvage the craft.

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Meanwhile, police investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 Malaysian Airlines say that "all passengers" are being investigated for clues, when it emerged that the two passengers traveling with stolen European passports were believed to have links to terrorist groups.

However, The Guardian revealed yesterday that the two Iranians had no links to terrorist groups.

The authorities have also extended the scope of the search for the Boeing 777 in the wake of the new military radar data from Malaysia, suggesting the plane turned around and flew over the Straits of Malacca.

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According to the Malaysian researchers, the aircraft could have changed course 50 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur and head southwest to disappear over the Strait of Malacca, far from the place where the bulk of the search has been focused.

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