Hundreds of fishermen are still missing in the sea

As the sea became rough due to low pressure, more than 500 trawlers sank and more than 1,000 fishermen went missing at various points in the Bay of Bengal last Thursday and Friday. Most of the prisoners have been found till Sunday night, but hundreds of prisoners are still missing. A total of 9 bodies have been recovered from the missing people in different parts of the country in Cox’s Bazar Channel and Hatia.

Meanwhile, the low pressure created in the Bay of Bengal gradually weakened and moved up to the coast of Chhattisgarh, India, said the Meteorological Department. As a result, the warning signal issued in the Bay of Bengal has been lifted, said meteorologist Afroz Sultana.

Due to low pressure, the bodies of 7 fishermen were recovered on Saturday and Sunday in the incident of trawler sinking in Cox’s Bazar channel of Bay of Bengal. They are Anwar Hossain, Nurul Islam, Hossain Ahmed, Azizul Haque, Mohammad Abshar, Saiful Islam and Mohammad Tayab. The coastguard recovered their bodies from the Maheshkhali Channel at separate times on two days.

M Hamidul Islam, Contingent Commander of Cox’s Bazar Station of Coast Guard Eastern Zone, said that a fishing trawler named FB Mayer Doa sank in Nazir Tech Channel last Friday afternoon. Eight of the 19 prisoners of the trawler were rescued alive by the Coast Guard. Three others returned to shore in another trawler.

Among the eight missing people, the bodies of two named Taiyab and Saiful were recovered on Saturday. The bodies of 5 more people were recovered at separate times on Sunday.

Local public representative Anwar Hossain said that the bodies of 7 prisoners have been recovered so far in the trawler sinking incident. All of their homes are in Khorushkul, Cox’s Bazar Sadar. A fisherman named Khorshed Alam is still missing.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, 21 fishermen were rescued alive from the ‘FB River Mate’ which was damaged by the storm in Trikona Island area of ​​Bay of Bengal near Akram Point of Mongla port. On the other hand, 23 more fishermen were rescued from the trawler ‘FB Maer Doa’ when the engine broke down in the Mohipur estuary of Sagar.

Coast Guard Headquarters (Dhaka) Media Officer Lt. Commander Khandaker Munif Taqi confirmed this information on Sunday. He said that the rescued fishermen are residents of Banshkhali area of ​​Chittagong. Two trawlers were floating in the sea uncontrollably for five days under the storm. 44 fishermen were rescued alive from two trawlers on Sunday.

Two of the 16 fishermen died when the fishing trawler ‘MB Siraj’ sank in Dhamarchar area of ​​Bay of Bengal near Nijhumdwip union of Dwip upazila Hatia of Noakhali due to storm. Among others, 12 fishermen were rescued alive but two fishermen are still missing. The trawler sank in a storm while fishing around 10 am on Friday.

The deceased fishermen are Main Uddin (45), a resident of Amtali village of Jahazamara Union and Md., a resident of New Sukhchar village. Raful (25). The missing fishermen are Sharif and Belal.

Waiting for the return of the fishermen, Patuakhari's fish port Alipur-Mahipur Art Ghat, the cries of the relatives.

10 fishing trawlers with at least 150 fishermen sank in the Bay of Bengal near Kuakata in Patuakhali. 34 fishermen were missing in this incident. As of Sunday, 11 people have been found in India. Apart from this, several others have been rescued in various ways. Some are still missing.

Contingent Commander of Nizampur Coast Guard Salim Mandal said that our patrol team is in the sea in case of trawler sinking in the sea. The operation to rescue the missing fishermen continues.

Indian fishermen rescued 65 fishermen and three fishing trawlers missing in the Bay of Bengal. According to the forest department and rescued fishermen, five fishing trawlers from Barguna and Patharghata were hit by the storm. 24 fishermen went missing in two of them. 41 fishermen in three other trawlers floated to the Indian border. Indian fishermen rescued them and brought them to the Haldibunia office of the forest department.

Besides, Indian fishermen rescued 24 fishermen from two sunken trawlers and brought them to the Haldibunia office of the Forest Department. Most of these jail houses are in Patharghata in Pirojpur and Barguna.

At least 10 fishing trawlers from Barguna’s Patharghata in the Bay of Bengal have drowned due to the storm. Besides, about 40 trawlers were missing in all. However, 20 trawlers have returned to the shore till the last news on Sunday. 20 trawlers and more than 200 fishermen are still missing.

General Secretary of Barguna District Fishery Trawler Owners Association. Masum Mia said that the rescued fishermen are being brought to the shore through various local trawlers.

(Dhaka Times/21 August/MOA)


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