Boat capsizes in Mediterranean
3 more Bangladeshi survivors return home
Published: 02:30 PM, 24 May 2019
3 more 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 Friday.
TK-712, a flight of Turkish Airlines, carrying the survivors landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 5:38 am.
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Expatriate Welfare Desk confirmed the matter.
They are- Mahfuz Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed of Sylhet and Bahadur of Kishoreganj.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Embassy sources in Libya said four of the 14 survivors were rescued from the hospital. The rest are given time as not willingly return to their country.
Earlier, 15 Bangladeshis returned home on May 21. They came back to the under the supervision of the International Organization for Migration (IMO) of the United Nations and Red Crescent.
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.
RAB has already arrested three members of the trafficking unit involved in the incident. A case has also been filed withFenchuganj Police Station in Sylhet on behalf of the victim’s family.