Six drown, 10 missing as boat sinks in Bangladesh

11:13, April 12, 2010      

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Six persons drowned and 10 others went missing in a mechanized boat sinking in the Maskata river Sunday night after it was caught in a rough weather in Bangladesh' s Barisal district, 169 km south of capital Dhaka, police said Monday.

Sohrab Ali, police head of Mehendiganj sub-district, told Xinhua by phone that the mechanized boat was carrying around 35-40 passengers sank in the river as it was caught in a stormy weather and strong current of the river. He said the boat was also overcrowded.

Six bodies were recovered by the local rescuers late Sunday night. The bodies included three women and one child. Ali said the rescuers are searching for the missing persons. The rest passengers swam to shore.

He said the bodies might have been taken faraway by the strong current of the river.

Inland Water Transport Authorities earlier said about 1,000 people die in ferry accidents on average every year in Bangladesh.

Source: Xinhua


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