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Tanker carrying oil sinks in Sundarbans

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A Correspondent Bagerhat: A tanker carrying some 3.57 lakh liters of furnace oil sank in the Shela River at Joymonigol under the East Zone of the Sundarbans on Tuesday morning as a cargo trawler hit it amid dense fog, leaving its master missing. M Giasuddin, managing director of Harun & Co, the owner of the oil tanker, said the empty cargo trawler, Total Cargo, rammed into their vessel 'OT Southern Star 7, from behind as it was anchored at Joymonigol around 5am due to poor visibility caused by dense fog, creating cracks at the bottom of the deck . Later, the vessel, heading towards Gopalganj, capsized in the river quickly as water poured into it through the cracks. Now the oil is spilling into the river. Seven crewmembers who were on board the tanker managed to swim ashore, but its master, Mokhlesur Rahman, 45, still remained missing, said Giasuddin. He said the oil tanker sailed for Goplagnj on Monday afternoon from Khulna Padma Oil Company depot to supply the oil to a power station there, but its master was forced to anchor it at Joymonigol around 9pm due to poor visibility caused by the thick fog. Contacted, Cost Guard West Zone Commander Captain Mehdi Masud said they have sent a team to the spot and it started the salvage operation.