Barguna : Two people drowned and five others went missing as a trawler with over 100 passengers capsized in Payra River at Tetulbaria in Taltoli upazila on Friday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Joynal,50, and Sirajul Islam, 50, hailed from Kuakata of Patuakhali.
Rescued trawler passenger Noor Mohammad said the mechanised boat was caught in a whirlwind and capsized
earlier, Dulal Faraji, Sonakata UP chairman, said the trawler with over 200 Muslim devotees sank near the estuary of the Payra river around 1:15 pm as cracks developed in its bottom after it hit a hidden shoal.
The devotees were going to join a Waj Mahfil at Chaladanga Darbar Sharif in Patharghata upazila from Kuakata of Patuakhali district, he added.
After the capsize, local people recovered Joynal's body while fice passengers are still missing.
The other passenger managed to swim ashore.
Confirming the matter, Coastguard Patharghata base contingent commander Rahatuzzaman said that they were heading towards the accident spot.
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