The bodies of five teenage Bangladeshi footballers, who drowned in a river, Saturday evening, were recovered early Sunday.
Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Chakaria Police Station, said that, the bodies were retrieved by a team of Divers from the Fire Service and Civil Defence.
The victims were students of local Grammar School in Cox's Bazar, some 292 km south-east of the capital, Dhaka, he said.
According to the official, six boys went swimming, in the Matamuhuri river, at around 4:00 p.m. local time Saturday, after they had played a friendly match.
But strong current in the river washed them away, said the official.
Only one of them managed to swim ashore.
He said, the death of the teenagers have stunned and cast a great darkness over the whole district.
People rushed to the victims' homes, in villages of the sub-district, to mourn the deaths.
Their funeral, held Sunday, saw tens of thousands turn up in attendance, wearing black badges.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK