Burma Times Correspondent: February 02, 2014
Bangladesh rescuers have called off operations following Thursday’s trawler capsize in Khudiartek channel in the Bay of Bengal.
The trawler which sank on Thursday night is believed to have been carrying around 70 people on board.
Local people managed to rescue 43 people, but almost 30 are believed missing, most likely dead. Seven dead bodies were discovered by rescuers.
The boat was smuggling illegal migrants to Malaysia.
In recent years, Rohingya Muslims have increasingly taken to the high seas for what they regard as the safe haven of Malaysia to escape brutal persecution at home. Up to 100,000 people are believed to have left Burma since 2013, according to Human Rights Watch.
Even in the winter season, the sea of the Bay of Bengal is rough and has claimed countless casualties.
Many Rohingyas also travel to Malaysia from Bangladesh where they leave their families behind. Some Bangladeshis also join Rohingyas to seek fortune in Malaysia.