Bangladeshi barge sinks in Hooghly river, no casualties

June 23rd, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 23 (IANS) A Bangladeshi barge carrying 650 tonnes of iron rods sank in the Hooghly river at Noorpur in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district Monday after its steering cable snapped. All the six members of the crew of the barge, N Nilan, swam to safety, Inland Waterways Authority of India director Arun Roy told IANS here.

The barge, which was going to Narayanganj in Bangladesh after loading at the Kolkata port, ran aground in the shallow water after the steering rope gave way on hitting the bank.

“Now, at the high tide, about 1.5 feet of the barge is visible. Once water recedes, 10 feet of the vessel will be visible,” he said.

Efforts are on to lift the barge. “We are taking the help of shipping agents,” Roy said.

The navigation channel was not affected, he added.

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