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Rescue operations are underway for the second day after the ferry capsized in Paturia

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Rescue operations are underway for the second day after the ferry capsized in Paturia

Rescue operations are on for the second day after the ferry Rajnigandha sank near Paturia Ghat in Manikganj. The work of rescuing the vehicle started after the rescue ship Rustom arrived at the scene on Thursday around 11:30 am.

The people concerned said that when the rescue ship Hamza and Pratya reached the spot, the ferry rescue work started.

Meanwhile, the Navy’s diving team is working to rescue the ferry’s engine driver Humayun Kabir.

Earlier, the first day’s rescue operation ended around 10 pm yesterday. A truck and a covered van were recovered in the first day’s operation.

According to Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), Manikganj district administration and eyewitnesses, utility (small) ferry Rajnigandha left from Daulatdia end of Rajbari for Paturia after 12:00 on Tuesday. The ferry was carrying nine cargo trucks and covered vans. The ferry got stuck in the Padma river near ghat number five of Paturia due to thick fog around 1.30 am. Ferry traffic was stopped to avoid accidents.

Later on Wednesday around 8 am, the ferry suddenly started sinking. At that time, the driver of the vehicle, assistants and people working on the ferry quickly jumped into the river. Later some of them swam to the river bank. Apart from this, local people rescued several people with a trawler and brought them to the shore. At one point around 8:30 am the ferry sank completely.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), naval police and fire service rescue team members reached the spot with speed boats and trawlers on receiving the information. The rescue operation began. BIWTA’s rescue ship Hamza reached the spot around 12 noon. At around 2:30 a.m. the rescue ship started working. A covered van loaded with yarn that sank around 4 pm was recovered and taken to Paturia truck terminal. After this, a truck was recovered which had drifted upstream around 7 pm.

Later, the rescue operation was called off around 8 pm on Wednesday



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