Two students of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology drowned, three were rescued and four went missing in the Bay during an excursion to St Martin’s Island in Cox’s Bazar Monday afternoon.
Manfizul Islam, 21, and Saddam Hosian, 22, were the students of Computer Science and Engineering department of the university, Ranajit Barua, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station told The Daily Star.
The four missing students are: Sabbir Hassan, Shahrier Rahman, Uday Mahmud and Ghulam Rahim.
And the three students who were rescued are: Faisal, Raihan and Ashiq, police said.
A ship of Bangladesh Navy, BNS Nirmul, has joined the Coast Guard and around 12 trawlers owned by locals in a combined search operation to recover the four missing students in the Bay of Bengal, the OC said.
The search operations will continue till the bodies are recovered, Lt Shahid Al Ahsan, St Martins Station commander of Bangladesh Coast Guard told our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.
Three other students were rescued in critical condition and were undergoing treatment at Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.
Sub-inspector Abdul Haque, in-charge of St Martin police outpost, said a team of 34 students of the university reached the Island Monday noon and went at its west end for a bath in the Bay.
All on a sudden, nine of them went under water, the police official said.
The other students rescued five of their missing classmates from the Bay in critical condition while the rest remain missing, he said.
The rescued students were whisked off to a local hospital from where they were shifted to the health complex.
Two of them whose identities could not be known immediately died later, said Ranjit Barua, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.