Trawler retrieved, toll rises to 83

The trawler which capsized in the river Hooghly with 246 people onboard was retrieved on Thursday, while the death toll reached 83 after two more bodies were fished out.

Kakdwip: The trawler which capsized in the river Hooghly with 246 people onboard was retrieved on Thursday, while the death toll reached 83 after two more bodies were
fished out.

Fishermen saw a piece of wood floating in the middle of the river last evening near Chakfuldubi village bearing the trawler`s name `Ma Durga` and pulled it to the Majarchar
village and informed the authorities.

The police this morning reached the spot with a launch and divers to determine if it was indeed the elusive trawler that was carrying 246 passengers.
Ropes and drums were used to lift the trawler which had sunk near Talpatty island, sources said adding it was being pulled to lot No 8 in Kakdwip.

Though Home Secretary GD Gautama had said yesterday that the trawler had been traced with echo-sounding machine, Additional District Magistrate Nilanjan Sandilya said that the position of the trawler had shifted due to tides.

Around 70 others are still missing in one of the worst trawler capsize in the recent times.

Ninety-three people had swam to safety after the vessel, which was sailing from Hijli Sharif in East Midnapore district to Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district sank.

PTI

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