Ferries collide in Bangladesh river, at least 28 dead

Officials say a ferry carrying about 100 passengers has capsized after being hit by a larger boat in a Bangladeshi river, killing at least 28 people

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized after being hit Monday by a larger vessel in a Bangladeshi river, killing at least 28 people, officials said.

It wasn’t clear how many people were able to swim to safety or were still missing.

Rescuers including firefighters and coast guard and navy personnel were continuing to search the river, said Debashish Bardhan, deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defense.

Rozina Islam, a fire department official, said 28 bodies had been recovered by Monday afternoon. Three children were among the victims, she said.

She said the Morning Bird ferry was traveling on the Buriganga River to the capital, Dhaka, from neighboring Munshiganj district when it was hit by the larger ferry near Shyambazar and capsized. The second ferry left the scene after the accident, she said.