Two dozen missing in Bangladesh boat accident

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- More than two dozen people have gone missing in an incident where a cargo ship rammed into a Bangladeshi fishing boat in the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean.

The Bangladeshi trawler, with some 29 people aboard, sank after being battered by a cargo ship approximately 54 kilometers (34 miles) off the Bangladesh coast in the Bay of Bengal on Friday, an officer said.

Ikramul Hossain, a Bangladesh navy lieutenant commander, said the fishing boat sank after it was hit by another ship, adding, “Another boat which was passing by rescued three people, one of them was found dead.”

Three naval ships and their divers conducted search and rescue operations near St. Martin’s Island.

Bangladesh, one of Asia’s poorest countries, is no stranger to marine vessel accidents. Experts blame poorly maintained boats, flaws in design, overcrowding and a failure to comply with rules for most of the deadly disasters.

In May, a ferry capsized and sank in central Bangladesh, leaving more than two dozen people dead and many missing.

About 150 people lost their lives in Bangladesh in March 2012, when an overcrowded ferry carrying some 200 people sank after being hit by an oil barge.




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