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Ferry capsizes in Padma

Most vehicles on board the vessel fall into river; no casualties reported

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Ferry capsizes in Padma
BIWTA rescue vessel ‘Hamza’ is pulling out a truck, which along with other heavy vehicles, capsizes in the Padma River after ro-ro ferry Amanat Shah overturns at Paturia ferry terminal in Manikganj on Wednesday. – Reaz Ahmed Sumon

Ro-ro ferry ‘Amanat Shah’ carrying 17 heavy vehicles, mostly goods-laden trucks, and 16 motorbikes capsized in the Padma river at Paturia Ferry Terminal in Manikganj on Wednesday.

The vessel met with the accident at around 9:30am when it arrived at Ghat No. 5 of Paturia terminal from Daulatdia of Rajbari, BIWTC spokesperson Nazrul Islam Misha said.

No casualties, however, were reported from the accident till filing of the report at 8:00pm. 

BIWTA Deputy General Manager (Aricha) Md Zillur Rahman told journalists that the ferry, which was carrying trucks, covered vans and motorcycles, capsized in the river soon after the vehicles started getting unloaded.

One Selim Hossain, who was on board the vessel, said when the ferry reached the middle of the river coming from Daulatdia ghat, water started entering the ferry through a hole in the front side.

Drivers and passengers of the vehicles on board started screaming being scared of this scene. Master of the ferry immediately increased the speed of the vessel, he added.

The ferry reached Ghat No 5 of Paturia terminal before the scheduled time and then crew members of the vessel lowered the rope of the ferry without tying it with the pontoon. Two trucks and a covered van first got down from the ferry, but the vessel tilted when another truck was going to get down and fell into the river and then all other vehicles, including trucks, private cars, fell on each other into the river.

A BIWTC official said ferry ‘Amanat Shah’ built in 1980 was faulty and underwent massive servicing just four months back, but recently, a hole was discovered at the bottom of the ferry.

On information, two units of the Fire Service rushed to the scene. Divers started search operation, said Fire Service control room sources said.

Amal Bhattacharya, a passenger, said that water started entering the ferry as it neared the Paturia terminal. After docking at the jetty, the ferry tilted and started sinking.