Jamal said the largest boat was trying to drop its anchor in a port on the Buriganga River at the time of the crash. He added that there were at least eight women and three children among the dead and that the Morning Bird sank very quickly, in about 15-20 seconds.
Shahidul Islam, a firefighter in Bangladesh, told CNN: “So far we have recovered 32 bodies from the overturned ship. We have already delivered the bodies to relatives. A joint team of the Navy, water authorities and private divers with the police are working on the rescue mission. “
Navy diver Nazrul Islam was pulling two bodies to the surface, but believes more people may be on board. He said the boat is about 60-70 feet deep in the riverbed, which is made up of soft soil and plastic rubbish.
A four-member committee has been set up to look into the crash, said Commodore Golam Sadeq, head of the Bangladeshi Transport Authority.
As the accident spread, hundreds gathered on the banks of the river. The crowd included members of the family of the missing, some of whom took a boat to find their loved ones.