A ferry packed with more than 200 passengers collided with a cargo boat and capsized in a river in southern Bangladesh on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. At least 31 people were killed and dozens remain missing. The death toll is expected to rise.
Divers worked to recover the bodies from the river or from inside the sunken vessel, including the body of a young woman found cradling her baby’s body.
“I was awakened with a big jolt,” survivor Dulal Dewan, a businessman, told the AP about the moment the collision happened. “I jumped into the river in darkness as the ferry started going down,” he said. “In minutes there were screams all around ... People were shouting for help.”
Video from the AP shows the ferry on its side as a frantic crowd gathers around it:
Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, and are often blamed on overcrowding, faulty vessels or unenforced rules onboard.