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Salvage operation of Pinak-6 postponed

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A Correspondent

Munshiganj: The operation to salvage sunken launch ‘Pinak-6’ was postponed due to rough weather on Monday.

Munshiganj deputy commissioner Md Saiful Hasan Badal announced this at a press briefing at Padma Rest House here around 11am.

The salvage operation was postponed today due to rough weather in the river, while seven days have elapsed after the launch capsized, Md Saiful Hasan Badal said.

However, the efforts to find out the missing will continue, he added.

Earlier, different agencies, including the Navy, Coast Guard, BIWTA and Fire Service, concluded their rescue activities on Sunday while the salvage operation was being carried out by ‘Jarip-10’ and ‘Kandari -2’.

Although a metallic object, resembling the sunken launch Pinak-6, was detected through side scanner sonar of Kandari-2 on Saturday, the divers could not reach near the object till Sunday afternoon due to strong currents in the river.

However, 46 bodies have so far been recovered after the launch capsized in the mighty river.

According to a list of the district administration, 61 passengers of the ill-fated launch are still missing.

The tragic incident took place when the overloaded launch with over 250 passengers on board from Kawrakandi capsized in the river, 800 yards off Mawaghat (jetty) around 11:15 am Monday due to strong currents while it was heading towards the jetty.