Many dead as ferry collides with cargo vessel in Bangladesh

Six people are confirmed dead and up to 20 are still missing after a general cargo vessel collided with a ferry transiting the Shitalakkhya River in Bangladesh.

River police seized the Rupshi-9 general cargo ship yesterday, although the master of the vessel had fled by the time the authorities arrived, local media reported.

Videos show the ship’s bow ramming the Afsar Uddin ferry for 500 metres before the small passenger vessel sank with passengers leaping into the river to try and avoid being ploughed over by the cargo ship. The ferry was carrying more than 50 passengers when the accident happened.

A ferry sank in Dhaka in June last year after a collision with another vessel, killing at least 32 people.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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