At least 17 Bangladeshi fishermen on a fishing trawler which went out of order in sea on November 30 have been rescued by the Myanmar navy.
They had been handed over to the Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe on Thursday and were brought back to Bangladesh on Friday night, confirmed the Bangladesh officials. Of the rescued fishermen, 13 are from Bhola while two from Chattogram and one each from Jhalakathi and Munshiganj.
‘We receive them at about 9:00pm and we are taking them to our ship for some official formalities,’ said Lieutenant Shafqat Hossain, the Saint Martin station commander.
Mohammad Barikul Islam, the consul and head of mission at Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe, said Myanmar Navy rescued a floating boat of 17 fishermen with their fishing boat FB Goltaz in their territory near Oyster Island at about 4:00pm on Wednesday.
Bangladeshi officials said that the 52-feet-long fishing boat left Chattogram on November 29 for fishing in deep sea and their boat went out of order on November 30 and the floating boat was rescued by the Myanmar Navy ship Inn Lay on Wednesday.
The boat is owned by Ashraf Hossain Masud of Patiya in Chattogram.
The Bangladesh officials said the Myanmar navy took them to the Sittwe on Thursday with the inoperative boat and all were interviewed to initiate their repatriations.
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