Alexa 15 Bangladeshi survivors return home

Dhaka, Monday   14 October 2019


Boat capsizes in Mediterranean 

15 Bangladeshi survivors return home

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:57 PM, 21 May 2019   Updated: 01:44 PM, 21 May 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

15 Bangladeshi nationals, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast on the way to Italy from Libya, returned home on Tuesday. 

TK-712, a flight of Turkish Airlines, carrying the survivors landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 5:50 am. 

The Expatriates’ Welfare Desk of the airport confirmed the information. 

Tariq Ahmed-As Sadik, Assistant Superintendent of Police (media) of Armed Police Battalion (APBN) at the airport, said that International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Red Crescent assisted them to return home. 

Sub-Inspector of Expatriates’ Welfare Desk at the airport, Ataur Rahman said law enforces officials talked to returnee migrant aspirants.

A senior official of APBN said that relatives of the survivor migrants crowded at the airport to receive them.

According to Bangladesh embassy to Tripoli, around 60 migrants, most of whom from Bangladesh, died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tunisia On May 9. 

The survivors, at least 16 of whom were rescued, said that the boat on board only men, including 51 Bangladeshis, three Egyptians, several Moroccans, Chadians and other Africans capsized 40 miles off the coast of Sfax, south of Tunis, as it headed towards Italy from Zuwara in Libya. 

A Tunisian fishing boat rescued 16 people and transferred them to a Tunisian coastguard vessel. 14 Bangladeshis, including a minor, were among the survivors. 

International Organization for Migration called it the deadliest migrant boat sinking since January.

On May 14, Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) confirmed the identities of 27 Bangladesh nationals who died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.