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Abdul Gani Akhand, 75, was among the survivors.

“I was sleeping and I really don’t know how I survived,” he said, shivering as a rescue worker ferried him to a hospital.

An investigation has been ordered into the cause of the accident, said Azizul Alam, the area’s government administrator.

Alam said rescuers located the ferry in water about 70 feet (21 meters) deep. He said a rescue vessel was trying to pull the sunken boat close to the shore.

Ferry accidents, often blamed on overcrowding, faulty vessels and lax rules, are common in Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 160 million people.