Sumon Bepari, the man who miraculously survived for 13 hours under the water on Monday’s launch capsize, shared his experience before the media on Tuesday, report agencies.
The survivor presently undergoing treatment at Sir Salimullah Medical College in Dhaka repeatedly praised almighty Allah for his survival.
Sumon, a fruit seller by profession, said, ‘I was on the right side of the launch’s machine room on the first floor. During the capsize I ran to the other side and gripped a rod. I recited dua, sura and performed wudu there. I stayed there holding the rod.’
Sumon said that he was well conscious under water but could not confirm which launch was actually responsible for the devastating accident.
“I thought that only 10 minutes had passed, but it was 13 hours in reality. Everything happens as per Allah’s wish. I might fall asleep but he kept me alive.” He said that the launch had 80 to 90 passengers.
Earlier on Monday around 930am, the launch Morning Bird capsized into the River Buriganga when another launch hit it in Dhaka’s Farashganj area. At least 33 people died in the accident.
Sumon Bepari was rescued from inside of the capsized launch around 13 hours later at around 1030pm.
BIWTA joint director and leader of the rescue team AKM Arif Uddin told reporters on the spot that when they used an airlift for lifting the launch, the eastern side of it came out and the door of a compartment, where the man survived, got opened.
Rescuers immediately sent him to hospital after he came out of the sunken launch.