Five missing as boat capsizes in Shitalakkhya

Published: March 24, 2018 11:38:58 | Updated: March 24, 2018 20:44:09


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Five young men went missing as a boat sank in the Shitalakkhuya River after being hit by a cargo vessel in Rupganj Upazila under Narayanganj district on Friday night.

One of the missing youths was identified as Jasim Mohammad Raju, son of late Sirajul Islam, a resident of Bashabo area in the capital.

Quoting witnesses, ward councillor of Tarab Municipality Hamidullah said a group of 14 youths hired the boat from Demra for a pleasure trip. The boat sank in mid-river in Rupashi Kazipara area after a sand-laden bulkhead hit the boat from behind around 9 pm, leaving the five youths disappear in the river.

However, nine others managed to swim ashore, said an UNB report.

A team of three divers from Demra Fire Service and Civil Defence is conducting a search to rescue the missing people.

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