Paddle Ship runs aground on Kirtanakhola shoal

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PS Mahsud a paddle ship of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation ran aground with more than 400 passengers on board after hitting a shoal in the Kirtanakhola River near Barisal terminal in the city on Sunday morning. — New Age photo

PS Mahsud, a paddle ship of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation ran aground with more than 400 passengers on board after hitting a shoal in the Kirtanakhola River near Barisal terminal in the city on Sunday morning. — New Age photo

A paddle ship of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation ran aground with more than 400 passengers on board after hitting a shoal in the Kirtanakhola River near Barisal terminal in the city on Sunday morning.
The vessel plying on Dhaka-Morelganj route left Dhaka for Chandpur, Barisal, Jhalakathi, Hularhut and Morelganj on February 6 at 6:30pm.
Syed Abul Kalam Azad, assistant general manager of BIWTC Barisal station, said the vessel was carrying about 200 passengers on board and stuck on the shoal during taking turn to anchor at Barisal River port.
Most of the passengers already leaving the stranded vessel with the help of trawlers and boats reached at the port safely and continued their journey on alternative way taking refund of fare, the BIWTC official told.
At the time of high tide after Sunday noon, tug boats will try to float the vessel, the BIWTC official added.
Idris Hosen Siraji, captain of the vessel said Shahjahan Hawladar, second master, was driving the vessel during the incident.
Facing the dense fog, he had lost the route-markings just before arrival of Barisal and the steamer stuck on Kauarchar shoal due to low tide, Siraji added.
However Abdur Rashid, one of the passengers of the vessel, blaming captain of the vessel for the incident said he running the vessel without caring about density of fog.
The captain may lost proper direction of the route in dense fog and we luckily succeeded to avoid a severe accident, said Tauhida Sultana, another passenger of the vessel.

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