At least 32 people died after a ferry capsized and sank in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, officials said.

Bangladesh ferry crash kills at least 32, as boat sinks in 20 seconds

A vessel called the Morning Bird, which was carrying up to 60 passengers, sank in just 20 seconds after colliding with Mayur-2, a larger ferry, at around 8:55 p.m. in Dhaka, local police chief Shah Jamal told CNN.

Jamal said the larger boat was attempting to drop its anchor at a port on the Buriganga River at the time of the crash. He added there were at least eight women and three children among the deceased, and that the Morning Bird sank very quickly, in about 15-20 seconds.

Shahidul Islam, a Bangladesh Fire Service official, told CNN: “We have so far recovered 32 bodies from the capsized ferry. We have already handed over the bodies to relatives. A joint team of Navy, water authorities and private divers along the river. Police are working on the rescue mission. “

A relative of a victim reacts after rescuers recover the bodies of victims.

Navy diver Nazrul Islam pulled up two bodies to the surface, but he believed there might be more people inside the boat. He said the vessel is lying around 60-70 feet deep on the riverbed, which consists of soft earth and plastic trash.

A four-member committee has been formed to look into the crash, said Commodore Golam Sadeq, who is Chief of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority.

As word of the accident spread, hundreds gathered at river banks. The crowd included the missing family members, some of whom hired a boat in a bid to find their loved ones.