Passenger boat capsizes after collision with cargo vessel in Bangladesh

At least 27 people died after a small launch carrying over 100 passengers capsized after colliding with a cargo vessel in Bangladesh’s Shitalakkhya river. The incident took place on Sunday evening in Narayanganj district, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka.

The passenger vessel, ML Sabit Al Hasan, sank after colliding with the cargo ship, SKL-3, at the mouth of the Syedpur Koyla Ghat on the Shitalakkhya River in Munshiganj. Police and onlookers said the cargo vessel fled the scene after the collision. While five bodies were recovered on Sunday, rescuers retrieved 22 bodies on Monday as a salvage vessel pulled out the launch with the help of a huge crane around midday, rescue officials said. The rescue team comprised officials from Navy, Coast Guard, fire service and police. The salvage operation is ended, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadek told newsmen, while live TV footages showed wailing family members and relatives of the victims crowding at the scene. The launch had an estimated 150 passengers.

The district administration will give a compensation of Tk25,000 (USD 296) to each of the deceased’s family for the burial process, he added. The probe panel has been asked to submit its findings in next five days.