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Stranded tourists return as vessel movements resume from St Martin’s Island

  • Published at 02:03 pm October 19th, 2021
St Martin's Island
File photo of the shoreline of St Martin’s Island, locally known as 'Narikel Jinjira' Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

As many as 300 tourists were stranded on the island due to rough weather

Tourists at St Martin’s Island have returned to the mainland after being stranded for two days owing to bad weather.

Fourteen trawlers bound for Teknaf left the island on Tuesday morning, said Lieutenant Tareq Ahmed of the coast guard. 

He said that the tourists were stuck as boat and trawler movement remained suspended over the last two days due to rough sea. 

As many as 400 people, 300 of whom are tourists, left St Martin’s between 7am  and 10 am, said St Martin Boat Owners Association General Secretary Abul Kalam. 

Nine trawlers left for Teknaf in the morning, according to local Union Parishad member Md Habib.

The stranded tourists, however, complained of the lack of cooperation from the hotel and resort owners during the crisis.

“We had to stay two extra days due to the weather. We were staying at a resort but didn’t receive any consideration despite the circumstances,” said software engineer Dil Mohammad, who was on a vacation with friends.

He added that no one from the authorities came to check-up on them and they didn’t receive any help from the locals either.

Meanwhile, Teknaf upazila administration chief (UNO) Mohammad Parvez Chowdhury said that it was being ensured that tourists don’t suffer.

As many as 300 tourists were stranded on St Martin’s Island, one of the most popular vacation spots in the country.

On Monday, the Met Office advised the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra to hoist the cautionary signal 3 as a low pressure formed over the northern bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Fishing boats and trawlers were also advised to maintain caution while going into the waters.

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