All the Bangladeshi sailors stranded at the Banglar Samriddhi vessel in Ukraine were taken to the shore by a tugboat.
Confirming the matter, Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) Executive Director (Commercial) Pijush Dutta told The Daily Star that the ship was abandoned and all the 28 sailors along with the body of the deceased sailor were taken to the shore by a tugboat with the help of the Ukrainian port authority and the ship’s local agent.
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The sailors were already taken to a safe bunker on the shore, he added.
The evacuation was done with the direct initiative of the foreign ministry along with the help of the Bangladeshi ambassador in Poland, he informed.
A tugboat was sent to the vessel around 7:00 pm (Bangladesh time) and all the sailors got on board the tugboat around 7:30 pm, said a BSC official wishing to be anonymous.
There is a plan to take the sailors to neighbouring Moldova, he added.
Rokasana Khandoker, the mother of stranded deck cadet Fariatul Jannat Tuli, told The Daily Star that she managed to talk with the master of the ship through WhatsApp around 7 pm and the master informed her that a tugboat arrived to take them to the shore.