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article imageFourteen dead, dozens missing after Bangladesh ferry sinks

By Greta McClain     Feb 10, 2013 in World
Dhaka - Recovery efforts continued near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, as emergency crews remove the bodies of those killed after their ferry collided with a sand barge on Friday.
The ferry departed from Narayanganj on Friday, bound for Matlab. It struck a sand barge cargo ship approximately 22 miles south of Dhaka, causing the ferry to capsize and sink into the Meghna River.
Members of the Bangladeshi Navy rushed to scene to help rescue those plunged into the river. On Friday, crews were able to recover the bodies of two people who drowned shortly after the accident occurred. On Saturday, more victims were recovered. Mohammad Saiful Hassan Badal, administrator of Munshiganj district, told Reuters:
"Rescuers found 12 dead bodies inside the salvaged ferry, while two bodies were recovered yesterday.
Of the fourteen confirmed killed, six are reported to be children between the age of 2 and 10.
Nasir Hossain, a Bangladeshi cricket player, heard the collision and assisted with rescue efforts. According to The News, Hossain said:
"I heard a bang as a sand-laden barge hit the boat in the middle of the river and saw the overcrowded boat sink quickly."
The exact number of passengers on board the ferry is uncertain. Some have estimated approximately 50 people were on board, while several are quoting police officials as saying 100 people are believed to have been aboard the vessel. Passenger manifests are not always accurate, with many travelers purchasing their tickets only after they have boarded the ferry.
According to Arab News and South China Morning Post reports, an estimated 40 people are still missing.
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