Missing vessel master’s mutilated body found
The mutilated body of Mokhlesur Rahman, master of the oil tanker Southern Star-7, was found this morning five days after the vessel sank in the Sundarbans.
The body surfaced on the Shela river near Jaymuni area around 6:00am, reports our Bagerhat correspondent quoting Abul Kalam Azad, officer of Chandpai forest range.
Locals rushed to the spot and retrieved the body with help of forest officials. Md Gias Uddin, manager of Southern Star-7, endorsed the find.
The body was mutilated with a leg broken and injury marks, claimed Shahidul Islam, son in-law of the deceased, reports our correspondent present at the spot.
The master was missing since the day the oil tanker sank in the world’s largest mangrove forest spilling gallons of furnace oil through a stretch of over 50km in the adjacent rivers.
He was among the eight crew members on board. The seven others managed to swim to safety, but he remained missing.
Mokhlesur Rahman, 50, was the son of Uzzat Ali from Barisal’s Bakerganj upazila. The body was kept near the office of Chandpai forest range since last reported.
Meanwhile, two fishermen, Mamum and Jahangir, told our correspondent that they spotted a dead dolphin in the Andharmanik canal.
However, the cause of its death was uncertain and no official word could be obtained in this regard.
Oil-laden tanker Southern Star-7 sank hit by another vessel ‘Total’ early on Tuesday, with 3.58 lakh litres of furnace oil.
Authorities were now taking the help of locals and hired workers in a manual process of scooping up and collecting the oil smeared through the forest floor, trees and the rivers.
Amid widespread criticism of the “careless” incident, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the oil spill would cause little harm to the environment of the Sundarbans.
An inter-ministerial meeting is scheduled today which is expected to discuss the plying of vessels through Shela riverine route currently under suspension.
Another meeting, tabled today, is expected to shed light on whether Bangladesh will take assistance from a British-based company for the clean-up of the Sundarbans.