Bangladesh Police and Coast Guard have rescued 11 sailors from a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal after receiving a call to the national emergency helpline.
Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general of police and spokesperson of Bangladesh Police, on Wednesday confirmed the matter to The Business Standard.
He also said that they received a 999 call at around 10:30am on Wednesday and came to know that water was entering the ship which was slowly sinking, and that 11 sailors on board were in danger of drowning.
The ship named Al Noor-2, carrying goods, was heading towards Jashore from Chattogram.
"The official who received the 999 call also informed us that the ship was sinking near Bhashan Char where the Meghna River enters the Bay of Bengal. It was seven nautical miles from the Hatia coast," he added.
Being informed, Bhashan Char police outpost, Chattogram river police and coast guard immediately responded to the call and rescued 11 sailors. But they couldn't save the ship.
The sailors were sent to a local hospital, Rana added.