Over 120 missing in Bangladesh boat accident

Over 120 missing in Bangladesh boat accident
Dhaka: More than 120 people were missing in Bangladesh after their boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal, officials said on Thursday.

The wooden boat was carrying 135 illegal immigrants to Malaysia when it capsized close to Shah Parir island on Sunday.

The accident came to light only on Tuesday after six survivors informed some fishermen after being rescued. They swam ashore from about 50 nautical miles off Shah Parir island.

The coast guard and other agencies have been alerted for help, Mohammad Jashimuddin, chief of Cox's Bazaar district administration that governs the island, told Xinhua.

An official said the missing people may have drowned.