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8 bodies found after Bangladesh ship sinking

EIGHT bodies were recovered on Friday after a fishing trawler carrying over 100 illegal job seeks sank in the Bay of Bengal, official sources said.

Mohammad Tarek Mostafa, contingent commander of the Coast Guard, told Xinhua that so far eight bodies were found floating in the bay. The Malaysia-bound trawler carrying the illegal job seekers capsized on Thursday because of overloading.

He said the Coast Guard, navy and police had rescued over 43 people. Two ships of the Bangladeshi Navy and one of the Coast Guard were taking part in the rescue operation as dozens still remained unaccounted for.

The officer said the over-loaded trawler was salvaged but there was no one inside it.

Human traffickers often lure impoverished Bangladeshi job seekers to work overseas and some of the badly-maintained trawlers sink in the Bay of Bengal.


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