Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Man feared dead after falling into river in Buthidaung Tsp

May 8, 2017
A man is feared to have died after falling into the Panzin River from onboard a cargo ship—Aung Dagon 6 plying between Sittway and Buthidaung at 9:15pm on May 7 while going onboard through a wooden ladder.

The 38-year old victim who is identified as Maung Maung Chay from Sittway is still missing, according to local police.

According to Ko Myat Soe, the victim’s brother-in-law, he called the victim to take dinner out, and the victim followed him, falling into the river. Despite the fact that he called for help, it failed. The victim was said to have grabbed at the edge of wooden frame of the ship. The victim is working for the ship as a clerk, living in Sittway. While loading at the Panzin River jetty in Buthidaung before departure for Sittwe, the accident happened. The event has been reported to the nearby port police station, and the search had been made with the help of fire-brigade at night, it has been learnt.

U Aung Min Htike, 2nd head of the fire-brigade said, “At the request of the port police station at 11 pm or so, I permitted them to take out the motor boat. In spite of searching for the body for over one hour with the combined force of fire-brigade members and the men from the ship, we failed to find it. The time he fell down into the river is 9 o’clock or so and the water flowed fast, it is difficult to find the body.”

According to a local, at Panzin River such accidents happen annually. It is necessary for passengers to get onboard a ship with great care.
Maung Sein Lwin & Hla Kyaw (Buthidaung)

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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