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Trawler capsize: No more hope of finding anyone alive

  • Published at 11:02 pm February 13th, 2020
Boat capsized
File Photo: Rescued individuals from the trawler, believed to carry dozens of Rohingyas, which capsized near Saint Martin's Island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Members of the rescue team lost any hope of rescuing anyone alive and started to fear that they might not even find any bodies anymore

Members of Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard continued their joint rescue operation for the third consecutive day on Thursday as a trawler en route to Malaysia carrying Rohingyas capsized near Saint Martin's Island on Tuesday.

Members of the rescue team lost any hope of rescuing anyone alive and started to fear that they might not even find any bodies anymore.

Bangladesh Navy Saint-Martin station Commander Lt SM Jahidul Islam said: "We are continuing the rescue operation for the third day today but we lost hope of finding anyone alive. We might not even find the bodies as the bodies can be carried  away during high tide.”

On Tuesday, 15 Rohingyas died after the trawler capsized. 73 Rohingyas including the agent were rescued alive and handed over to Teknaf police after giving primary treatment.

Bodies handed over to families

Police have handed over nine bodies to their families after an autopsy  on Thursday, Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das confirmed.

However six bodies are still in the morgue as they could not be identified, he added.

Those who were rescued alive were sent to their camps through their camp-in-charge (CIC) according to a court order, OC Pradip said.

The trawler, presumed to be carrying 138 people, sailed for Malaysia from the Noakalia Para coastal region under Teknaf upazila around 3 am and sank 3 nautical miles off the island in the Bay of Bengal.