22 bodies retrieved from sunken trawler in Bangladesh

January 20th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Jan 20 (Xinhua) Twenty-two bodies were retrieved by rescuers Tuesday from a sunken trawler in Bangladesh’s southeastern Chandpur district, officials said.A trawler carrying 50 labourers capsized on the Meghna River, some 115 km from here, early Monday. Around 25 people swam ashore, while the rest were missing.

A massive search operation was launched to retrieve the missing people.

By Tuesday afternoon, rescuers had retrieved 22 bodies from the river, while three people were still missing, an official of Bangladesh’s Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said.

BIWTA divers pulled out the bodies from inside a cabin of the sunken trawler, the official said. The operation was delayed due to dense fog.

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