2 feared dead and 6 missing after passenger-boat capsized in Rambree

Rambree: Two people are feared dead and six others are missing after a passenger motor-boat capsized in Rambree in southeastern Arakan State.

A local resident from Rambree told Narinjara that the boat was owned by U Shwe Myint from Taungup, and drowned in Kalanetaung River in Rambree Township around 4 pm on the 5th of March while driving to Mraybon.

“There were 37 passengers on board when the boat capsized in the river. Two of them were found dead and six others are still missing while the remaining 29 were saved by the nearby fishing boats in the river”, said the resident.

He said the two dead bodies so far found are of a child and an old woman and they were sent to the public hospital for identification. The other six people are still missing.

The boat was said to be sunk by a sudden strong wind while crossing the river after it departed from Tharatchaung fishing port in Rambree Township.

According to the victims who were saved from the mishap, their boat capsized after being hit by three huge waves that were triggered by a sudden strong wind in the river.

It is learnt that two people were also dead after a local boat capsized in the Kalanetaung River at this time last year as well.