Sitalakkhya launch capsize: 6 bodies retrieved, over 15 still missing

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5th April, 2021 11:30:28 printer

Sitalakkhya launch capsize: 6 bodies retrieved, over 15 still missing

Bodies of six women, who went missing in a boat capsize in the Sitalakkhya River on Sunday, were recovered early Monday.

 Dipak Chandra, Officer-in-charge of Banda Police Station, said divers managed to retrieve six bodies of women from the river around 1 am.

 Over 15 people remained missing after the incident.

 Five of the missing people are Anik Shaha, Bikash Shaha, Protima, Salma Begum and Soleman.

 The rescue operation is still continuing.

 The launch carrying around 50 passengers sank in the Shitalakkhya River in Narayanganj when an oil-laden tanker hit Munshiganj-bound launch ML Rabit Al Hasan around 6pm.

 The launch capsized soon after the collision. Around 20 passengers managed to swim ashore.

 Police said the oil tanker could not be seized as it did not stop after hitting the launch.

 Members of Fire Service and Civil Defence and Naval Police conducted the rescue drive.

 Besides, two probe bodies have been formed in this connection.


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