Teknaf, Bangladesh: Bangladeshi local tourists who were boarding to St. Martin bound tourist ship, fell into Naf River on February 17, morning at 7:00am, said a security official from Teknaf.
“At least 200 tourists fell into the Naf River where 50 tourists were injured when a wooden gangway collapsed at Dum Dum Meah ghat (terminal).”
Police and local people said at least 1,000 tourists, mostly women and children, gathered at the ghat to board the ship MV Abdur Rab Serniabat to St Martin's Island.
“Suddenly a portion of the gangway with at least 200 people on it collapsed into the river.”
AMM Nazimuddin, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) –Township officer -- rushed to the spot and rescued the tourists with the help of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel and coastguards after getting the information.
Of the injured some 50 tourists were admitted to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex while the rest were given first aid at the hospital.
Many of them lost their mobile phones, cameras, wristwatches, money and other valuables.
“We are able to escape a huge loss of lives as there was four to five feet water in the river where the gangway collapsed,” Lt Col Md Zahid Hasan, the Commander, Teknaf BGB battalion NO.42 said.