Two women have been killed, seven other people injured and a child has gone missing after a head-on collision between a speedboat and a fishing trawler on the Teknaf-Saint Martin's Island route this afternoon.
The victims were identified as Rashida Begum (65), and Meherun Nesa (75). They were from Paschimpara village of Dwip union in Saint Martin's Island, reports our Cox's Bazar correspondent quoting Lt Amirul Islam, station commander of Teknaf Coast Guard.
Quoting witnesses, Amirul said a Saint Martin's Island-bound speedboat of Kaisar collided with a fishing trawler in Teknaf's Kayukkhali canal, adjacent to the Naf River, at 2:30pm. Following the collision, the speedboat overturned with its eight passengers in the Naf River.
Rashida Begum died on the spot while six other injured passengers were rescued, he said, adding that a child named Sumaiya has remained missing since the incident.
The injured are now undergoing treatment at Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital while Meherun Nesa succumbed to her injuries in the hospital, he added.
The Coast Guard official said they are conducting drives to rescue the missing child.