An overcrowded speedboat ferrying over 30 passengers and defying the COVID-19 restrictions capsized after hitting a stationary sand-laden cargo vessel within the Padma River on Monday, leaving at the very least 26 individuals lifeless, a senior Bangladesh police officer mentioned.
The accident occurred on the previous Kanthalbari ferry terminal in Shibchar Upazila of Madaripur at around eight a.m. The boat, pushed by an inexperienced driver, overturned within the Padma River in central Bangladesh whereas heading for Madaripur district from Munshiganj district. Rescuers have retrieved at the very least 26 of our bodies, police mentioned.
“We’ve retrieved 26 our bodies, rescued alive 5 others. However, searches are underway for extra as a number of speedboat passengers are feared lacking,” mentioned Ashiqur Rahman, the police inspector of a close-by ferry terminal.
He mentioned that they had been knowledgeable the motive force of the speedboat was an inexperienced underage boy.
“Witnesses and survivors mentioned the boat was carrying over 30 passengers and the vessel was transporting sand within the Padma River close to the city of Shibchar of Madaripur,” he mentioned.
Divers from the native hearth service station and river police rushed to the spot and joined the rescue operation, he added.
All of the deceased — one female and 25 males — had been passengers of the speedboat, the Everyday Star newspaper reported.
The speedboat was carrying extra passengers, violating the restriction imposed by the government amid the pandemic state of affairs, the report quoted Madaripur Deputy Commissioner Rahima Khatun as saying.
Bangladesh is below lockdown till Wednesday to stem the unfold of coronavirus. The accident occurred as there was not enough gentle within the morning and likewise the motive force was not expert sufficient, the Deputy Commissioner mentioned.
A six-member inquiry committee has been fashioned to research the accident.
A whole lot of individuals die every year in maritime accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has in-depthin depth inland waterways and lax security requirements.