All Bangladeshi crew members stranded on Banglar Samriddhi in Ukraine have been brought to safety, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam confirmed in a video message today.
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“You are all aware that a third engineer died on board a ship, the Banglar Samriddhi, after he was the victim of a ‘missile’ attack yesterday in a Ukrainian port. The government expresses its deep sorrow and condolences to the family. A delegation from the government and Awami League has visited the family,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said, adding that the Bangladeshi Ambassador to Poland had conveyed the development .
“We have moved the crew members of the ship to a safe area in Poland. We are trying to move them to Warsaw, and with the help of the Ministry of Navigation, we will send them to Bangladesh, together with the body of Hasidur Rahman, ” he added.
Confirming the case, Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) Executive (Commercial) Manager Pijush Dutta told the Daily Star that the vessel had been abandoned and all 28 crew members along with the body of the deceased sailor had been recovered. brought ashore by tugboat with the assistance of the Ukrainian Port Authority and the ship’s local agent.
The crew members have already been taken to a safe bunker, he added. The evacuation was carried out on the direct initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the help of the Bangladeshi Ambassador to Poland, he informed. A tug was dispatched around 7:00 p.m. (Bangladesh time) and all sailors boarded the tug around 7:30 p.m., a BSC official said on condition of anonymity.
There is a plan to take sailors to neighboring Moldova, he added.
Rokasana Khandoker, the mother of beached deck cadet Fariatul Jannat Tuli, told the Daily Star that she managed to speak with the captain of the ship via WhatsApp around 7 p.m. and the captain informed her that a tug had arrived to take them to shore.