13 sailors missing after lighter vessel sinks with 18000 tons wheat in Bay

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Thirteen crew members have remained missing since a lighter vessel sank in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday.

Zahid Hossain, operations manager of Litmond Shipping, the ship’s cargo agent, said the capsized ship contained an estimated 1,800 tons of wheat belonging to the Abul Khair Group.

The incident took place around 8am, about 40 nautical miles away from Patenga sea beach.

“Thirteen crew members have been missing since then,” he said.

He said two lighters had been sent to rescue the sailors after receiving the news. However, the sailors of the ship were not found till the night.

Bangladesh Lighter Workers Union co-president and joint secretary of the Shipping Workers Federation, Nabi Alam told reporters that the Coast Guard and Bangladesh Navy are working to rescue the missing sailors.

Public relation division of Coast Guard said one of their teams went to the spot but failed to reach the spot due to strong current in the Bay.

Besides, another vessel named ‘MV-City-14’ carrying 2,000 tonnes of sugar sank in the Bay near Bhashanchar in Hatiya around 9am on Saturday, said sources at Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA). It was going to Narayanganj.