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Half-sunken ferry yet to be salvaged

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Half-sunken ferry yet to be salvaged
Salvage Operation - Salvage vessel Hamza recovers a covered van during a rescue operation at Paturia Ferry Terminal in Manikganj on Thursday after resumption of salvage operation of RoRo ferry Amanat Shah, which flipped onto its side and sank in the Padma River on Wednesday. - SUN photo

The ferry lying half-submerged in the Padma River in Paturia of Manikganj could not be pulled out from the river on Thursday, the second day of the accident.

Nazrul Islam Misha, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) confirmed it to the Daily Sun Thursday evening.

He said that members of the rescue operation team recovered 13 vehicles out of 14 from the ferry, Amanat Shah, while efforts were on to extract the remaining one.

The officer said that rescue vessel Hamza was working to pull out the ferry and the vessel Prottoy was coming to the spot to take part in the operation.

A probe committee formed by Shipping Ministry visited the spot on Thursday to establish the cause of the accident, he added.

Besides, a sub-committee was formed in a parliamentary standing committee meeting on Thursday to look into the incident.

Former Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, also a valiant freedom fighter, is made the convener of the committee, said a press release of Secretariat of Parliament.

Three Members of Parliament (MPs) -- Ranajit Kumar Roy, Dr Shamil Uddin Ahmed Shimul and Aslam Hossain Saudagar – are the members of the sub-committee.

At around 9:45 am on Wednesday, the ferry tilted on its right side and lied half-sunk at the first pocket of pontoon No. 5 in Paturia Ferry Ghat.