Padma capsize: Sunken ferry Rajanigandha salvaged
The rescue ship Prottoy today managed to salvage the ferry Rajanigandha, six days after it sank in the Padma river near Paturia Ghat in Manikganj.
Rajanigandha was pulled from the river bed using wire ropes around 5:00pm and has been kept hanging three feet above the river to clear out the sand, reports our local correspondent quoting Lt Shah Paran Emon, head of Navy's diving team engaged in rescue work.
Keeping it hanging for a few hours would reduce the weight of the ferry by a lot, making it easy to take it to the river bank, the lieutenant said.
"We will have to wait for some more time before taking it to the shore," he said.
Meanwhile, a truck was recovered from the riverbed around 3:30pm.
"The Navy's diving team found the truck around 12:00pm. The rescue ship Hamza recovered the truck and brought to the river bank around 2:30pm. However, it took about an hour to bring it up on the pontoon," said Deputy Assistant Director of Manikganj Fire Service and Civil Defence Md Abdul Hamid Miah.
"The truck, which was loaded with bricks at the time of the accident, was empty. The process of handing over the truck to its owner is underway," he added.
So far, seven of the nine goods-laden vehicles have been recovered.
Rescue team members of BIWTA, navy, and Fire Service are engaged in the rescue operations and the rescue ships Prottoy-Hamza-Rustom are continuing the work, said Shah Md Khaled Nawaz, deputy general manager (Commerce) of Aricha Regional Office of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC).
Ferry Rajanigandha, with nine vehicles on board, sank near Paturia Ghat in Manikganj at around on January 17 morning. All aboard, except Humayun Kabir, the second engine master of the ferry, were rescued. Humayun's body was recovered last afternoon, on the sixth day of the accident.