A motorboat capsized in the Minchaung river nearly 2 furlongs away from Taung Poe Kay village, Minbya township, Mrauk-U district, Rakhine State in a pre-dawn accident on April 13 which left eight passengers dead, according to Minbya Fire Services Department Deputy Staff Officer U Kyaw Lin.
The motorboat left Kanbwe village in Ann township at about 4:00 am on the same day for pilgrimage to Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw with 61 passengers onboard. The wooden motorboat capsized after its engine propellers became entangled with a fishing net, he said.
A total of two men and four women and one girl were found dead on the day of the accident and the body of one missing girl was found three days later. A total of three men and six women were hospitalised for injuries, and a temporary resting place has been arranged at Minbya Dhamma hall for the remaining rescued passengers, according to Fire Services Department.
Motorboat owner U Maung Kyaw Thein and driver U Kyaw Thaung Khin are on the run up to April 20, and personnel from township administration department and Fire Services Department are providing necessary assistance.
The bereaved families of the victims have been provided K100,000 each on the day of the accident.
– Translation by Zaw Nyunt