Rescue teams recover two more bodies from Arabian Sea

KARACHI: Rescue teams recovered two more bodies of the Eid beach-drowning incident from the Arabian Sea near Clifton Beach, raising the death toll to 39 while most of the victims were youth.The rescue work began on Saturday morning and one body each was recovered from Sea View and Keamari areas respectively. The bodies were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for legal formalities.The civil administration’s divers and members of other organisations are still searching remaining missing bodies.Rescue-1299 centre set up at Commissioner Karachi office said around 34 bodies had been handed over to the families of the deceased after verification while one unclaimed body was kept at the mortuary of Jinnah Hospital. Meanwhile four-day long search and rescue operation by PN concluded on Saturday. PN responded to the request of civil administration and launched rescue operation. PN used its Sea King helicopters, PN diving teams as well as speedboats and Zulu boats. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui was personally monitoring the rescue operation being conducted with the help of PN, Fire Brigade and other city government departments alongside the beaches.  Chief Minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has formed an investigation committee to probe the tragic incident. Senior member of the Board of Revenue would be the head of the commission whereas interior and administration secretaries will be its members. The team will present its report to CM Sindh within five days.The probe will determine the people responsible for the incident and suggestions to control such tragedies in future.Siddiqui said city government had already imposed the Section 144 on swimming and fishing in the sea. However he did not comment administration could not able to implement Section 144 despite police force was posted at different locations to stop the picnickers.High and torrid waves are usual thing in the sea in monsoon season, which could be the reason of deaths of a large number of people.

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