Bangladesh Ferry Capsizes, At Least 22 Dead


The captain of the double-decker ferry ignored the passengers

MGN Online

MUNSHIGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) -- Rescuers in central Bangladesh have recovered at least 22 bodies after a ferry capsized during a storm in a river.

Police estimate that at least 100 people are still missing, but a local administrator says there's no clear picture about exactly how many people were on board because the ferry operators did not maintain a passenger list.

A passenger who jumped overboard when the ship began to sink says he was among some 25 people who managed to swim to safety.

He says the captain of the double-decker ferry ignored the passengers' calls to stay close to the shore as the storm started brewing and continued to steer the ship out into the water.

Relatives of the missing and the dead are gathering near where the boat capsized Thursday afternoon. TV footage shows several recovered bodies, covered in cloth, placed on the banks of the river.


WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 259509641 - wbko.com/a?a=259509641