At least one person died and 26 vanished as FV Bandhan capsized following a collision with the 46,664-DWT bulk carrier Bashundhara-8 on November 28. The accident occurred in the Bay of Bengal off St Martin’s Island, Bangladesh around 3:10 am local time. To the area were immediately dispatched Navy ships and a helicopter.
Bashundhara-8 was heading to Singapore when it rammed into Bandhan. The fishing vessels with 29 crew members on board, who were collecting shrimp, upturned and capsized. Three of the seafarers managed to escape the sinking vessel and were rescued by a nearby boat. One of them later died.
Kazi Kamrul Amin, assistant manager (operations) of the joint venture of AK Khan Group and Japan's Maruha Nichiro Corporation, explained:
“Our vessel was catching shrimps in the fishing zone in the Bay during the accident. When the crew noticed Bashundhara-8 heading towards their vessel, they along with fishermen on trawlers around started signalling to the merchant vessel to change course, but got no respons."
Since most of the Bandhan's crew were sleeping, they might have been trapped inside their vessel and died, feared Amin.
It was understood that in the time of the accident the weather in the area was bad with strong currents. An investigation into the collision has already been launched by the authorities.