Nearly 400 Rohingyas rescued from a boat near Bangladesh after 2 months adrift: NPR

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A photo released on April 5 by Malaysia shows a trawler carrying Rohingya migrants off Langkawi Island. It was not immediately clear whether it was the same ship that was rescued Wednesday evening off the coast of Bangladesh.

Malaysian Maritime Law Agency / PA

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A photo released on April 5 by Malaysia shows a trawler carrying Rohingya migrants off Langkawi Island. It was not immediately clear whether it was the same ship that was rescued Wednesday evening off the coast of Bangladesh.

Malaysian Maritime Law Agency / PA

The Bangladesh Coast Guard said Thursday it had saved hundreds of hungry Rohingya refugees from a trawler that was drifting at sea. A survivor said at least 28 more people died in a two-month failed effort to reach Malaysia.

The refugees, mainly women and children, were intercepted Wednesday evening after the boat tried to land on the south-east coast of Bangladesh, near Cox’s Bazar, the lieutenant coast guard of Bangladesh, lieutenant Cmdr . Said Sohel Rana.

An official has been quoted by the Associated Press as saying that 382 survivors were on board, but Reuters reports that the number was later revised up to 396.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Shah Zia Rahman said tipping led to a three-day search for the ship, which he described as a “big, crowded trawler.”

“They were hungry,” he added.

“They floated for 58 days. And in the past seven days [the trawler] was moving through our territorial waters, “said the spokesperson.

Earlier this month, Malaysian Maritime Law Agency officials said they had arrested a boat carrying some 200 people, believed to be Rohingya refugees, to prevent it from touching the island. from Langkawi. It is unclear whether the trawler rescued in Bangladesh is the same.

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