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Bay of Bengal trawler capsize: 4 bodies recovered

Four bodies were recovered after a fishing trawler capsized with 25 people onboard in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday.

Thirteen others were rescued by another fishing boat while eight fishermen remained missing, Coast Guard headquarters Media Officer Lt Commander Amirul Hoque told UNB.

Fishing trawler ‘FB Janjabin’ capsized some 34.5 nautical miles (about 64km) off St Martin’s island around 5am. Sources at the Coast Guard headquarters said their rescue ship “Shyamal Bangla” reached the place of occurrence at around 10:30am.

Four bodies were recovered before the rescue ship had reached the spot, Amirul said.

Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) said a AW-139 Search and Rescue Helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force took off from BAF base Zahurul Hoque, Chattogram, to conduct a search and rescue operation.

Mohammad Ali, owner of ‘FB Janjabin’, said the trawler went out in the sea about a week ago from Karnafuli.

Source: United News of Bangladesh