Those aboard included the captain, two crew members and 16 suspected illegal immigrant. Four people swam to safety, all of whom were from mainland China.
    
The Macau government's information bureau said in a statement that the marine authorities had been notified that a ship had sunk at 5:50 am local time. It said the boat had been carrying more than 10 people, including people suspected of
illegally entering Macau.
    
Marine authorities dragged the vessel back to the harbour, and were searching for the missing.

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