Fishing at sea is a dangerous

Fishing at sea is a dangerous occupation all over the world, but few stretches of water are more lethal than the Bay of Bengal.

Every year hundreds, if not thousands of Bangladeshi fishermen, are drowned.

There are no official figures because no one bothers to count.

Preparations to put to sea begin early in the morning in the harbour in the southern fishing town of Cox’s Bazaar.

Extremely basic

Hundreds of wooden fishing boats are moored up, the men sorting through their nets.

The boats are built out of wood to a traditional design.

The bows and sterns are high and the hulls are daubed with pitch to make them waterproof.

Living conditions on board are extremely basic

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