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Cox’s Bazar trawler capsize: Death toll rises to 10

  • Published at 07:15 pm July 12th, 2019
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Another body was recovered from Kolatoli Valley Hatchery point in Cox’s Bazar on Friday noon

One more fisherman’s dead body has been recovered in Cox’s Bazar’s missing trawler incident.

So far, bodies of 10 fishermen have washed up ashore and been recovered in the last three days.

The latest body was recovered from Kolatoli Valley Hatchery point in Cox’s Bazar on Friday afternoon, Cox’s Bazar Sadar model police OC Farid Uddin Khandaker confirmed.

He said: “This takes the death toll to a total number of 10 fishermen, where six and three bodies were recovered on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

We have also rescued Jewel, 17, and Md Monir, 38, from the vessel. They were handed over to their families after giving primary treatment at the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.”

Cox’s Bazar Additional Superintendent of Police Md Iqbal Hossain said they have identified seven out of the ten deceased fishermen so far.

He also said: “We have arrested Wazed Uddin Peter, the owner of missing fishing boat, but later released after a primary interrogation.

“We are prepared to handover the dead bodies to their families after completing the needed arrangements.”

Seven out of the 10 deceased fishermen have been identified so far. They are: Kamal Hossain, 35, Oli Ullah, 40, Waji Ullah, 35, Md Masud, 38, Babul Mia, 30, Jahangir Alam, 36, and Shamsuddin Patwary, 45.

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On Wednesday morning, a fishing boat with the decomposed bodies of six fishermen washed up ashore at the Seagull point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach.

Two more fishermen — later identified as Jewel and Md Monir — were also rescued alive from the vessel. They were admitted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.

Monir said he and 13 others had left Shamraz Ghat at Charfesson, Bhola on a trawler on July 4 for fishing.

He said tidal waves, coupled with gusty wind and inclement weather, had hit their trawler first in the early hours of July 6, sweeping away many of them into the sea. “The vessel soon overturned too. After that, I don’t know who ended up where.”

“However, several others and I managed to hold onto the trawler and our dear lives. Since then, we survived on several bottles of water, until we were rescued,” said Monir.