SRI LANKAN RICE CARGO SHIP SINKS NEAR CHITTAGONG HARBOR AND 16 CREW MEN ARE RESCUED; ONE MISSING
By Walter Jayawardhana
A Sri Lankan cargo vessel carrying 3609 tons of rice was sunk off Bangladess
Chiitagong harbor after colliding with a Panamanian empty tanker , the
harbor authorities said.
Radio Controller of Chittagong Port Authoritiy,Wahidur Rahman said,
After receiving an SOS from the vessel rescue boats of the harbor
authorities saved 16 Sri Lankan and Myanmar crew men but one Myanmar
man was still missing.
The rice laden Sri Lankan vessel, Badulu Valley collided
with the unloaded Panamanian oil Tanker, Hung Geu in the rough weather
August 20 at 11.45 Chittagon time and capsized by the rough sea.
The port authorities said the Chief Engineer of the vessel, Aung kian,
a Myanmar national is believed to be trapped inside engine room of the
sunken cargo ship.
The accident is believed to have occurred near the outer anchorage
of the Chittagon Harbor. The rice laden ship was believed to be moving
towards the jetty while the unloaded oil tanker was anchored about one
nautical mile away from the coast when the accident happened.
The sunken vessel sailed from Kakinada port in Orrisa, India on August
17 and was scheduled to berth at Chittagong port Wednesday, said Chief
of Operation of the local agent of the vessel- CLA.
An official of the local agent of the sunken vessel Continental Liner Agencies (CLA) Saiful Ahmed said that the rescued crew were Myanmar and Sri Lankan nationals.
The search work for the missing engineer started by marking the place
A two-member probe body comprising - Captain Jashim Uddin and Assistant
Harbour Master Rahmat Ullah - has been formed to look into the incident,
secretary of the CPA Farhad Syed Uddin Ahmed said.
The probe team has been asked to submit its report within seven days.
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