MV Miraj-4 Ferry Sinks in Meghna River Rasulpur Bangladesh – On May 15, 2014, the 30-metre (98 ft) double-decker ferry MV Miraj-4 was hit by a large wave as it traveled in the Meghna River, 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Survivors said the captain had refused to take cover as a storm began to make the waters rough. “The sky became black and dozens of us pleaded with the captain to take the ship to the nearest shore as we saw the storm coming”, remarked a survivor. “The storm unleashed three huge waves. The ferry survived the first two, but the third tilted and then sank the vessel within minutes.”
After the accident, about 40 passengers swam to the shore. An additional 35 were rescued by fishing boats shortly after the accident. On May 17, the wreckage of the boat was recovered and searched for bodies, bringing the official death toll to 54 when search of the wreckage was called off. Efforts to find further bodies in the river were ongoing. The MV Miraj-4 had a listed capacity of 122 people. However, eyewitnesses said the actual number on board was close to double that. No log was kept, so the exact number of passengers is unknown.
Reports said as many as 350 were on board, but, the government estimated between 150 and 200 people had been on the ship at the time of the accident.