1,200 stranded tourists return from St Martin’s safely
TEKNAF, COX'S BAZAR, Nov 12: The 1,200 tourists, who were stranded in the Saint Martin's Island for four days due to the Cyclone 'Bulbul', reached Teknaf safely on Monday.
Earlier, three ships left Dumdamia Jetty Ghat in Teknaf Upazila at 9:30am on Monday to bring back the tourists.
On November 4 last, at least 3,000 tourists went to the Saint Martin's Island on three ships. On the same day, about 1,800 tourists returned to Teknaf, but about 1,200 tourists were left stranded in the island.
The concerned authorities stopped the plying of tourist ship between Teknaf and Saint Martin's Island on November 5 due to the Cyclone 'Bulbul'.
Noor Ahmad, chairman of Saint Martin's Union Parishad, said three ships with stranded tourists came back at 2pm.
UNO Mohammad Saiful Islam said the tourists safely reached Teknaf. They were given flowers and chocolates by the upazila administration.
At that time, Abul Mansur, upazila assistant commissioner (land), was also present.