KARACHI: Bodies of 35 people, who had drowned in sea during Eid days, have been recovered until noon on Friday amid mourning environment that had been created in the city because of this tragedy.
One of the latest bodies that were recovered was of Zameer Shah, 25, son of Bulbul Shah, from Sea View, Clifton. It was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center for medico-legal formalities, rescue sources told. The rescue operation is still on as people are looking for their dear ones. The operation is being carried out by Pakistan Navy personnel, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation workers and other lifeguards with the help of a helicopter and divers.
Head of the rescue operation, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, told PPI that the body of only one person naming Mujeeb was reportedly left and he had no other complain of missing body at his office complaint cell. He said that people had been warned weeks before through imposing section 144 on swimming and propaganda of the section through media that the season was very dangerous for swimming and fishing.
When asked that what was done for the implementation of the section 144, he, while trying to defend the negligence of the government, said: big wholesome plan had been made before in this regard, sign boards had been installed at some points and policemen were also posted to stop people from swimming, however, pouring in of an extra-large number of people created the mess. Trying to figure out the reason, Siddiqui further said that there have been reports that sometimes people also bet on swimming that who went farther.
Meanwhile, he also appreciated on behalf of Karachi administration to the untiring efforts made by Navy in this difficult situation. The rescue officials pulled out another two bodies off the Karachi’s Sea View at Clifton on Friday evening, taking the death toll of those drowned to 38. A rescue operation was underway since the tragedy surfaced on second day of Eid when reports of scores of people drowning off the Karachi beach started coming to light.
Navy helicopter helps recovering bodies from the beach. Navy helicopter helps recovering bodies from the beach. On Thursday, the rescuers had recovered at least 24 bodies in a rescue operation assisted by the Pakistan Navy divers. Pakistan Navy came to the assistance of municipal authorities of Karachi with helicopters and divers to trace those missing in the rough sea. A Navy rescuer, via the helicopter, pulls out a body off the Karachi’s Sea View beach. A Navy rescuer, with the help of helicopter, pulls out a body off the Karachi’s Sea View beach. The city authorities had imposed section 144 to ban swimming at the beach.
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