Boat Mishap

At least five persons have died after a tourist boat capsized in south-eastern Bangladesh on Friday, a day the world set aside to celebrate Valentine.

Eye9ja reports that the boat which was on its way to Sublang waterfall was carrying about 30 tourists when it capsized in Kaptai Lake.

It was travelling from Rangamati district headquarters, situated nearly 200 kilometres south-east of the capital Dhaka, Ratan Nath, before it capsized into the ocean.

While speaking on the incident, an official at the Fire Service and Civil Defence department explained that his team retrieved the bodies of five people and rescued the survivors from the lake, which is the country’s largest artificial body of water.

It was created in the early 1960s when a dam was built over the Karnaphuli River for a hydroelectricity project.

Nath could not determine the cause of the accident.

Police officer Khan Nurul-Islam said the victims came from neighbouring Chattogram district for a weekend visit.

Those who died in the accident were employees of a garment factory in Chattogram, he added.

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