At least 13 die in Barisal launch capsize

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-21
Published : 21 Sep 2016, 17:29:39 | Updated : 21 Sep 2016, 17:30:54

At least 13 die in Barisal launch capsize

At least 13 die in Barisal launch capsize
At least 13 people, including women, died when a passenger vessel sank in the southern district of Barisal.

Authorities said several others were still missing after the launch went down around 12 noon on Wednesday. Police said the launch, 'ML Oishee', capsized while passengers were boarding it, reports bdnews24.com.

"It sank at Banariparha Upazila's Dasherhaat point terminal while being anchored," said Superintendent of Police SM Aktaruzzaman.

He said the local fire service had launched a rescue operation.

So far, 13 bodies, including five of women and a minor, were recovered, according to local river police Assistant Superintendent Motaleb Hossain. The victims are yet to be identified. –RH
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