A coal-laden lighter vessel capsized near the Sangu Gas Field in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday morning.
All the 12 crew in the ship were rescued after the accident.
Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation joint secretary Md Khorshed Alam said that fishing boats rescued the crew and sent them to another ship, MV AL Namera-8.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority deputy director in Chattogram Mohammad Selim said members of Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard were going to the spot to conduct a rescue operation.
Around 8:30am, the vessel, Hera Parbat-8, sank in the Bay in Chattogram with around 1,100 tonnes of coal, said Ataul Karim, an official of Water Transport Cell, a private organisation that allocates lighter vessels.
He said that the vessel was on its way to Dhaka after loading coal from a mother vessel from the outer anchorage of the port.
Lighter Vessel Workers’ Union general secretary Nobi Alam said they informed Bangladesh Navy and asked them to rescue the crew immediately after the incident.
He said that the vessel was moving around 2.5 miles away from the designated route and was at the sea when signal 3 was being hoisted at the port.
The crew members of another vessel Mercantile-24 said they saw the staff of Hera Parbat in the sea water but failed to rescue them due to rough sea.
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