At Least One Dead in Bangladesh Ferry Crash

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - A small ferry packed with about 60
people capsized in southern Bangladesh early Thursday after it was
rammed from behind by a sand-laden trawler, killing at least one
person, police said.

Rescuers recovered the body of a woman, and some people were
believed trapped inside the sunken ferry in Kirtankhola River,
local police official Nuruzzaman Chowdhury said by telephone from
the accident site. Many survivors were able to swim ashore, near
Barisal town, 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Dhaka, he said.

Police seized the trawler and were questioning its two crew
members.

Chowdhury said authorities have asked for a rescue vessel to
salvage the sunken ferry, ML Happy, which had been traveling from
Barisal to a nearby town Pathaghata.

The ferry went down close enough to shore so that many people
could to swim to safety, witness Kamrul Islam Panna said.

Ferry accidents, blamed on overcrowding and lax rules, are
common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150 million people.


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