Die In Bangladesh Ferry Accident: Emergency Services

  • Die In Bangladesh Ferry Accident: Emergency Services

Die In Bangladesh Ferry Accident: Emergency Services

Twenty-three people died and dozens more were missing on Monday after a ferry capsized in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, rescue officials said.

"It appeared to be an accident caused by negligence of the drivers", an official of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) told reporters.

Reports said the ferry sank as it attempted to moor at Sadarghat, Dhaka's main river port, which is used by hundreds of boats to travel to the country's south.

Rescuers feared several passengers were trapped inside the ferry which sank at around 9:30 am with almost 100 passengers on board in the Buriganga river along the Shyambazar area of Old Dhaka.

23 Die In Bangladesh Ferry Accident: Emergency Services

The fire service could not confirm the number of passengers on Morning Bird. A double-decked launch of this size usually carries about 50-60 passengers, said BIWTA officials.

It wasn't clear how many people were able to swim to safety or were still missing.

"As per the design, the capacity of the launch is to carry 45 passengers but it seems to have carried a few more passengers".

Rescuers including firefighters and coast guard and navy personnel were continuing to search the river, said Debashish Bardhan, deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defense.