Tuesday, 23rd July, 2024

No signs yet of 3 missing in Surma River boat capsize

Thursday, 04 July 2024 | 10:35 am | 22 times

No signs yet of 3 missing in Surma River boat capsize
Three people, including a mother and her daughter, remain missing after a boat capsized in the Surma River in Dowarabazar upazila of Sunamganj.

The incident occurred on Tuesday (2 July) at around 9:00 am when a small trawler carrying seven passengers sank while crossing the Azampur Ferry Ghat in the upazila. Four people, including the boatman, were rescued, but the other three could not be found.

The missing persons are Joshna Begum, 42, her 18-month-old daughter Moyna, and Goljan Begum, 70. All three are residents of the Azampur Ashrayan Project.

Speaking with tearful voices, Rasik Ali, son of the missing Goljan Begum from West Mashimpur village, and Hayat Ali, brother of Jotsna Begum, said, “We live in the Azampur Ashrayan Project. They (Goljan Begum and Joshna Begum) boarded the boat to go to the Dowarabazar Sadar. The boat suddenly capsized in the middle of the river due to strong currents.”

Nilufa Begum, a resident of the Azampur Ashrayan Project, said, “Before leaving, Joshna mentioned that there might be relief distribution at the market. Upon hearing this, she set off for Doarabazar with her two daughters. She has not been found since.”

Sohag, a resident of Dowarabazar, stated, “Joshna Begum was mentally unstable. She often wandered off seeking help and left on Tuesday for the same purpose.”

Abdul Hannan, Acting Station Officer of Dowarabazar Fire Service, said, “We arrived immediately upon receiving the news. Our rescue operations are ongoing and will continue until the missing persons are found.

“The river is very deep, the currents are strong, and the flooding situation is making our rescue efforts proceed slowly,” he added.

Badrul Hasan, the Officer-in-Charge of the Dowarabazar Police Station, stated, “We dispatched our force immediately upon receiving the information. The fire service divers and our police officers are conducting the rescue operation together.”

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