Dredger Afsana collision: 2 bodies recovered, 3 still missing


Divers from the Bangladesh Inland and Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) this morning recovered the bodies of two workers from a dredger that sank in the Meghna River on Saturday night.

photo courtesy of BSS

According to the National News Agency of Bangladesh (Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha BSS), the recovery took place in the Sadar upazila of Bhola district.

The deceased have been identified as Nure Alam and Md Siam, both residents of Bagharhat village in the upazila.

The Police said that the dredging vessel Afsana sank after being hit by a lighter vessel. The dredger, which had five people on board, went down in the Meghna River on Saturday night, leaving all five workers missing.

Local Fire Service, River Police, and the Coast Guard located the sunken dredger on Monday afternoon.

Following this, divers from BIWTA in Barishal conducted a rescue operation, recovering the bodies of two workers on Tuesday morning.

Three workers are still missing, BSS said.

Efforts to salvage the sunken dredger continue.