The death toll from a major ferry accident in southwestern Bangladesh rose to 51 as rescuers retrieved 12 more bodies from the overloaded triple-deck vessel as they continued their search for scores of bodies,police said on Sunday.
“The partly sunken ferry was retrieved by salvage vessel Hamaza but the searches still continued for more bodies” feared to be trapped inside the vessel or in waters where it sank at Thursday midnight,police chief of southeastern coastal Bhola district said.
Administrative chief of the district Mesbahul Islam told official BSS news agency that 51 bodies were recovered so far with most them being children and women,but witnesses including local journalists said several more bodies were taken away by the relatives of the dead before those were counted officially.
In the morning,Bangladesh Inland Transport Authority salvage vessel joined the rescue operations in shallow depth of water in the Tentulia River at Nazirpur area of Bhola,the scene of the accident.
The triple-decked ferry,packed with 1,500 passengers on their way home to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha festival,had capsized at Nazirpur area in southwestern Bangladesh on Friday night after almost berthing at the coastal town of Bhola,104-km from Dhaka.