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A lighter vessel capsized with 950 tonnes of cement clinker in the Bay of Bengal near Patenga Sea Beach in Chittagong this morning.
All the crew of the vessel, numbering 7 to 8, were rescued by the staff of other ships soon after the incident, reports our Chittagong correspondent
Confirming the incident, radio control operators at the Chittagong Port said the vessel ‘Bristi’ sank in the Bay around 8:30am when it was going to a private jetty in Isanagar area of the city.
Bristi was returning to the jetty of Diamond Cement Limited after uploading clinker from a mother vessel named Xing Peng Da, the sources said.
Reason behind the capsize could not be known immediately, they said adding that Diamond Cement Ltd imported the raw material for making cement.