Staff Correspondent ;
Dhaka – The rescuers have found bodies of at least 25 people after a passenger ferry sank in the river Buriganga, officials said on Monday.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq said the divers recovered the bodies trapped inside the ferry in the river.
The accident occurred in the morning when a passenger ferry Moyur collided with passenger vessel Morning Bird near Farazganj in Dhaka. The Morning Bird went down prompting the authorities to send immediately rescuers from the Fire Service and Civil Defence department, Navy and Coastguard on the scene, he said.
BIWTA spokesman Mohamad Shahjahan said the sunken the ferry was traced on the river-bed.
Commodore Sadeq told local media that 10 to 15 passengers of at least 50 passengers of the ferry managed to swim ashore. But a survivor said the vessel was carrying at last 100 passengers.
He was travelling to Dhaka along with his brother, who is still missing, from his village home in the central district of Munshiganj, 30 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka.
Thousands of people from adjoining areas thronged on the riversides to witness the rescue operation. Many people were in search of their missing relatives.
Boat accidents are frequent in Bangladesh that leave many deaths thanks to poor safety measures and the lax implementation of regulations.