Bagerhat trawler capsize, Death toll rises to 11

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PNS: Bodies of six more people, who had gone missing after a trawler capsized in the Panguchi River in Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat on Tuesday morning, were recovered from the river on Thursday.

They include five males, aged between 40 and 50 years old and a child, said Navy Commander Md Shahriar Akan.
The naval officer is leading the rescue operation conducting jointly by the navy, coast guards, fire service and police along with the locals.

With this, the bodies of 11 people have so far been recovered while ten others still remained missing, said Rashedul Alam, OC of Morelganj Police Station.

“Thirteen people still remain missing,” he added.

Four of the deceased were identified as Abdul Majid, 65 of Kachikata village, Sazzad, son of Shah Alam, Ansar Ali, son of Abdul Gafur and Rafiqul Islam, 35 of Kalikabari village in the upazila while the identities of the others could not be known immediately.

A team of Fire Service recovered the six bodies from different points of the river in the morning, said assistant deputy director of Bangerhat Fire Service and Civil Defense Masud Sardar.

Earlier, on Wednesday, members of Fire Service, Coast Guards, Bangladesh Navy, police and local people retrieved the body of Rima Begum, 22, wife of Nawab Ali of Putkhali village of the upazila.

The trawler, carrying around 100 passengers, sank in the river on Tuesday morning while it was heading towards Purano thana ghat from Srombaria.

PNS/Baki Billah

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