1200 fishermen missing in turbulent sea in southern Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Sep 21 (UNI) As many as 12,00 fishermen along with more than 100 trawlers were missing in Bangladesh's southern coast of Barisal following sudden storm that triggered 12-15 feet high waves since last evening.

Fishermen who were able to return to the shore from the turbulent sea said they have seen three trawlers sinking in the rough sea.

Barguna District Trawler Owners Association's advisor Golam Mustafa Chowdhury said some 500 trawlers went to the sea for fishing and of these 400 returned to the shore. But the fate of 100 trawlers with 1200 fishermen could not be known till this evening. Each trawler usually sails to the sea with 10-14 fishermen.

Patharghata sub-district administrative official Selim Khan said he had heard of missing 70-80 trawlers and capsize of three trawlers.

Fishermen of F B Laboni who returned from the rough Bay this afternoon said the sea waves rising 12-15 feet high prevented other trawlers and fishermen from returning to the shore. They apprehended that some of the missing trawlers and fishermen might have sailed towards the Indian coast.

Quoting fishermen, Trawlers Association's advisor Mustafa Chowdhury said trawler F B Jannat developed a crack in the bottom and quickly took shelter at Pakkhindia island. Some 14 fishermen were in the trawler.

Engine of F B Satbhai Champa with 13 fishermen went out of order and was seen floating in the bay. The fishermen were heard shouting for help, but no rescue trawler could approach it due to strong waves. The fate of these fishermen could not be known till this evening.

Fishermen of surviving trawlers saw F B Bhai Bhai capsized with ten fishermen in the deep sea.


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