Two dead in collision between speedboat and trawler on Meghna River



FILE PHOTO: Maritime disasters are not uncommon in Bangladesh. In May this year, 26 people died when a speedboat filled with passengers collided with a sand-laden ship on the Padma River in Munshiganj Wikimedia Commons

The incident left three others injured

Two people were killed in a collision between a speedboat and a sand-laden ship on the Meghna River in Brahmanbaria on Saturday evening.

Three other people were injured in the crash near Marichakandi Pier in the district’s Bancharampur upazila, local police station official Raju Ahmed told media.

The deceased are Mahbubur Rahman Jewel, 35, family planning inspector from Hossainpur village in upazila, and Farid Mia, 45, from Sangeeta region in Narsingdi Sadar upazila.

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The injured are Ahmed Shahriar, Deputy Director General, Zone Office, Bancharampur Palli Bidyut, Sumon Mia and Rakib Mia.

The injured Sumon Mia said that even after repeatedly asking, the driver of the outboard, carrying 10-11 passengers, did not turn on the flashlight and ended up colliding with the trawler.

All the passengers including him fell into the water. The residents later rescued them, he added.

Severely injured, Jewel was rushed to Bancharampur Upazila health complex and referred to Dhaka for further treatment. He died on the way to Dhaka.

Meanwhile, Farid Mia was taken to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

Speedboat driver Rubel Mia, from the village of Marichakandi, has been missing since the incident, the CO said.

Ships carrying sand sit low in the water and can be difficult to see in rough conditions, especially in low light.



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