Woman, child drown as trawler sinks
A woman and a child drowned and seven people were missing as a trawler capsized in the Shitalakkhya after it collided head-on with another one in Sreepur upazila yesterday.
The dead are Asma Begum, 32, of Sutar Tapur village under Pagla Police Station in Mymensingh, and eight-month-old Sadiqun Nahar, daughter of Ashraf Uddin Sheikh of Kaoraid area in Sreepur.
Jasimuddin Mir, member of ward no-9 under Kaoraid Union Parishad, said the trawler from Patlashi sank in the river in Trimahani area around 12:45pm, with over 30 passengers on board. The vessels were carrying passengers on the Bormi-Trimahani and Patlashi-Bormi routes.
About 21 people managed to swim ashore, added Jasimuddin, who was monitoring the rescue operation. Both the trawlers were salvaged around 4:00pm.
Sadiqun's grandmother Mazida Begum, 45, had been missing till last evening.
Local people and members of Fire Service and Civil Defence were conducting a search operation in the area for the missing passengers.