Barisal capsize toll rises to 26

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-23
Published : 23 Sep 2016, 11:44:24 | Updated : 23 Sep 2016, 12:38:31

Barisal launch capsize death toll rises to 26; 2 missing

The bodies of three more people, including a child, who went missing in a trawler capsize in Sandhya River in Banaripara upazila under Barisal on Wednesday, were recovered on Friday, raising the death toll to 26.

They were retrieved from different parts of the river in the morning, said Ziaul Ahsan, officer-in-charge of Banaripara Police Station. The bodies of the victims could not be known yet.

He said two other eople are still missing.

The sunken launch, ‘ML Oishi’, was salvaged on Thursday morning nearly 21 hours after it capsized in the Sandhya River on Wednesday morning.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) rescue vessel ‘Nirvik’ salvaged the sunken launch around 8:45 am which was located some 60 feet beneath the water.

The launch with 50-60 passengers on board sank in the river as a heavy chunk of eroded mud fell on the vessel just after it reached Dasherhat Launch Terminal about 11:15 am on Wednesday.

Divers retrieved 13 bodies from the river while another victim died at a hospital on Wednesday, Besides, ten other bodies were recovered from the river on Thursday, according to a news agency.


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