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. “
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.