Three passengers including a child were killed and 15 others are still missing after a boat sank in the Jamuna River near Enayetpur in Sirajganj on Tuesday.
The dead included a child, a welding mechanic and an old day labourer, said Masud Purvez, officer-in-charge (OC) of Enayetpur Police Station confirming the accident to The Business Standard.
The boat carrying around 70 passengers was moving toward Chauhali from Enayetpur. When the boat reached some sand-banks around 1.30 pm, it got caught in gusts of wind and sank. Upon receiving the news, the police rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies of three people including a child.
Another 54 passengers were rescued alive. At least 15 other passengers are missing in the accident. Most of the passengers are paddy-harvest workers, said the police officer.
The police and the fire service were still searching for the missing passengers until this report was filed at 9pm on Tuesday.