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Launch kept moving for 40 minutes after catching fire

Perhaps the tragedy could have been avoided, says Barisal divisional commissioner
Update : 25 Dec 2021, 11:19 AM

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Rashed said: “I was sitting next to the engine room as the launch was loaded with passengers. I saw a fire originating in the engine room right after crossing Dapdapia point.” 


Such a grave tragedy might have been avoided if MV Obhijan 10 had rushed to shore immediately upon detection of a fire. In that case, everyone could have survived. That is the view of those who did survive Friday's inferno on the vessel.

The launch crossed the Barisal port at 2am. Around 20-25 minutes later, while crossing the Dapdapia point of the Sugandha River, a passenger named Rashed of Barguna saw a fire starting in the engine room, reports UNB.


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Also Read - 41 bodies found, many still missing in Jhalakathi launch inferno



Rashed said: “I was sitting next to the engine room as the launch was loaded with passengers. I saw a fire originating in the engine room right after crossing Dapdapia point.” 


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However, the launch continued to move in that state. At the same time, the staff were trying to extinguish it. After moving like that for about 40-45 minutes, the fire suddenly spread throughout the whole launch.


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In this regard, Barisal Divisional Commissioner Saiful Ahsan Badal said: "The inefficiency of the sailor can be considered a major crime in this case. If the launch had been stopped without taking any risks after the fire broke out, perhaps such a big tragedy would not have happened.”

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