Bodies of 7 Bangladeshi fishermen found
The body of seven Bangladesh fishermen and their fishing trawler was recovered on Wednesday afternoon. Officials of South 24 Parganas district administration said the name of the fishing trawler was FB Nur Alam. The ill-fated trawler was spotted by an Indian trawler named Jaitara. The Indian fishermen were catching fish off Bay of Bengal. The Bangladeshi trawler hit their net. It was towed away to Rakshaskhali island. They informed Patharpratima police station. Later, police and state forest department officials went to Rakshaskhali and tried to put the trawler in right position. Because of high-tide, water entered the trawler. Later, pumps were deployed to take out water from the trawler. The rescue workers said more bodies of fishermen could be recovered from the trawler.
There were altogether 17 fishermen. The bodies that got recovered had been sent to Kakdwip sub divisional hospital. The Bangladesh government said the trawler had gone to Bay of Bengal to catch fish fifteen days ago. Then it lost contact with Bangladesh. It is expected that the trawler had been hit by a cyclone. The fishermen could not steer it properly and that led to the death of the fishermen. The conditions of the bodies that have been recovered suggest that they had either been eaten up by Crocodile or fishes. Their faces had been damaged badly.
A senior state government officials said the weather alert often reach the fishing trawlers late and by then the inclement weather hit them leading to the death of fishermen.