Seven killed in ferry capsize in Bangladesh

The death toll in the capsize of an overloaded ferry carrying 200 passengers, mostly devotees, in the Paira River of Bangladesh rose to seven after two more bodies were recovered by rescuers.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 14, 2015, 15:34 PM IST

Dhaka: The death toll in the capsize of an overloaded ferry carrying 200 passengers, mostly devotees, in the Paira River of Bangladesh rose to seven after two more bodies were recovered by rescuers.

The vessel's engine abruptly shut down yesterday when it reached the confluence of the Bay, triggering panic among its passengers.

As waves were pounding the trawler, its passengers tried to balance it by moving to both sides.

It caused the vessel to shake more and finally capsize.

Seven bodies have been recovered in the accident which occurred in the southern coastal district of Barguna, Daily Star reported.

Locals rescued most of the people with fishing trawlers as the accident took place near the shore, officials said.

The vessel was carrying devotees from Kuakata. They were heading for Barguna to attend a religious festival at Chalabhanga darbar sharif.

Meanwhile, a financial assistance of 20,000 Bangladeshi Takka (USD 237) has been offered to the families of the victims.