On April 4, the 156 meter long, 4963 dwt passenger cargo vessel Nicobar ran aground on the Hooghly River near Kolkata, India. The Nicobar was departing Kolkata when ran aground blocking the channel. The passenger vessel was able to free itself and returned to Kolkata where it was inspected for damage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
A ferry hit a sandbank and sank on the Muriganga river south of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The ferry was carrying approximately 220 passengers onboard. Reports place 90 survivors, 79 deaths and 50 as missing. Nearby fishermen were able to rescue some passengers from the water, but many were swept down the fast moving river.
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