The wooden fishing boat carrying 130 Rohingya capsized near Saint Martin’s Island. Captain Waseem Maqsood, coastguard commander in the Chittagong division, told CNN that 71 people were rescued alive, while more than 40 people are still unaccounted for.
A coastguard vessel, two navy ships and dive teams are currently trying to find the remaining passengers.
Maqsood said the authorities received an emergency call early Tuesday morning local time but that the limited information available on the boat’s location had made it difficult to find.
“I don’t know where it was heading,” Maqsood said. “We couldn’t look for that yet. We are focusing on the rescue operation at the moment. The police authorities are also there, they are investigating.”