The trawler, with nearly 80 passengers on board, overturned after it was hit by a sand-laden cargo vessel near Narayanganj on Thursday.
Fatulla Police Station’s Sub-Inspector Mamun Mia confirmed that eight bodies were found. All of the victims hail from Dhaka’s Lalbagh, said the police officer.
They are Md Samir Hossain,45, ‘Rubel’, 18, ‘Zakir’, 28, ‘Sagar’ 10, Karamzan Bibi, 65, ‘Rubel’, 30, ‘Swapan’, 16 and ‘Kajal’, 28.
Keraniganj Police’s Inspector Abu Siddique said the trawler started for Dhaka from Chandpur’s Matlab Upazila. It sank around 12:45pm at Aliganj of Keraniganj.
Most of the passengers managed to swim across the banks with the help of locals, but some were believed to be missing, said Inspector Siddique.
Naraynganj’s Deputy Commissioner Anisur Rahman Mia said Fatulla police and coastguards were conducting the rescue operations.