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Cargo vessel with

775 mt of coal sinks near Sundarbans

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Staff Reporter :
A cargo vessel carrying 775 metric tonnes of coal capsized in the Pashur River in Mongla upazila near Sundarbans in Bagerhat district on Saturday night.
A Jashore-bound vessel 'MV-Bilash' capsized in the river around 10:00pm after loading coal from mother vessel MV-Observatory at the port, said Harbour Master of Mongla Port, Commander Oli Ullah.
No casualties have yet been reported. The vessel ran aground on a sandbar nearly 60 nautical miles from the port at Harbaria-5, said Oli Ullah
The incident occurred as the cargo vessel was going on the a wrong route and stuck in a hidden shoal, he added.
On information, members of Mongla Coast Guard and the rescue vessel Shib Shah reached the spot and rescued seven staff including sailors and crew from the capsized vessel, said Commander Oli Ullah.
The authority of the vessel has already been ordered to retrieve the vessel as soon as possible, he added.
Mahmudul Hasan, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East Zone, said the incident spot is very close to the Sundarbans.

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