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Five missing in Padma boat capsize

  • Published at 12:47 pm May 1st, 2017
Five missing in Padma boat capsize
Five people, including two 10-year-old boys, have been missing after a small boat carrying them sank in the Padma River during a severe storm in Rajshahi. Police identified the missing as part-time boatmen Sarowar Hossain Rafik, 45, Robin, 28, Asadul, 45; and madrasa students Tamim, 10, and Ahad, 10. Boaria police station's chief Shahad Hossain said the boat was returning to Kuthibari from a Padma shoal on Sunday evening with seven people on board. “It was caught in the storm mid-river. It overturned and sank near Dargarpara,” he said, adding that two men managed to swim to the shore. A search party has been looking for the missing since last night. Rajshahi weather office's official Ashraful Islam said a nor'wester, with wind speed of 90-95km, swept over the district on Sunday evening accompanied by heavy rain. Fire service's Senior Station Officer Forhad Hossain said their divers joined the search around midnight. “We could not find the people or the boat after nearly four hours of search last night,” he said. “We resumed our rescue operation from 8am on Monday.”