Bengal trawler capsize toll rises to 77

Eight more bodies were fished out on Tuesday from the Hooghly river, taking the toll in the Saturday`s trawler mishap near Talpatty island here to 77.

Kakdwip (WB): Eight more bodies were fished
out on Tuesday from the Hooghly river, taking the toll in the
Saturday`s trawler mishap near Talpatty island here to 77.

"Eight more bodies were retrieved today. The search
operation has been suspended for the day. The sunken trawler
has been located and would be brought out tomorrow," SP South
24 Paraganas district, L N Meena, said.
As many as 220 people were onboard the trawler as per the
missing reports submitted by gram pradhans of local villages
to the administration, sources said.

According to Meena, 93 persons were found to have either
swum to safety or rescued. About 50 passengers are still
reported missing.

The search operations had to be suspended last evening
due to bad weather and strong currents.

Special attention was being given to four areas --
Mayagoalini, Lighthouse, Haribhanga and Beguakhali -- from
where most of the bodies had been recovered, Additional
District Magistrate Nilanjan Shandilya said.
The trawler, which was sailing from Hijli Sharif in
East Midnapore district to Kakdwip in South Parganas capsized
and sank on October 30.

It was located on Sunday by personnel of the Kolkata
Port Trust and Coast Guards using echo sounding equipment.

PTI

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