Ferry capsize rescue operation called off
Manikganj: With the death toll in the Padma ferry capsize reaching 70 on Monday morning, the local administration called it quits.
Deputy commissioner Rasheda Ferdous told reporters at a press briefing near the capsize spot around 10am that they called off the rescue operation as there was ‘no one left missing from the list’.
However, rescue operation will be carried out in adjacent areas of the river, the DC said.
The death tolls from the Sunday’s ferry capsize in the Padma River in Shibalaya upazila rose to 70 with the recovery of 28 more bodies on Monday.
Till Sunday night, 37 bodies were recovered as a ferry with over a hundred passengers on board sank in the Padma River.
The deceased included 22 men, 21 women and 14 children, hailed from different areas of Rajbari, Kushtia, Manikganj, Norail, Dhaka, Faridpur, Nilfamari and Gopalganj districts.
The local administration has already handed over fifty-seven dead bodies to the family members concerned.
The unidentified bodies will be sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue.
Meanwhile, salvage vessel ‘Rustom’, which reached the capsize spot on Sunday night, managed to pull the sunken vessel to the shore around 4:00am.
The ferry, ‘MV Mostafa’, sank in the mid-river around 11:45am after it was hit by a fertilizer-laden cargo vessel, ‘Nargis-1’, while it was heading towards Daulatdia ferry ghat from Paturia ghat, said Enamul Haque, an official at Aricha River Port.
Police arrested three crew of the cargo vessel – Shahidul Islam, Shahinur Rahman and Jahurul Islam – in this connection. The master of the vessel, Iqbal Hossain, went into hiding.
Meanwhile, the Mercantile Marine Department under the Shipping Ministry formed a three-member probe body to investigate the incident.