PESHAWAR, 10 September: Twelve picnickers, including two women, from three different families drowned at Hawke’s Bay beach in Karachi on Saturday while trying to save each other.
Eleven bodies were recovered and shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi till filing of this report. The search for one more victim was under way. Police said that the tragedy occurred when a child got stuck in a current near Turtle Beach and the others drowned while trying to save the child. The victims were identified as Wahaj (28), Umair (30), Ali (25), Saud (50), Filza (17), Ebad (15), Atif (30), Taha (20), Ali (26) and Hamza (12).
The incident occurred when the families were picnicking at the popular beach despite the ban on swimming imposed by the Sindh government during the monsoon season due to rough waters. A policeman deployed on duty to prevent people from entering the sea water has been suspended over failing to stop the family from entering dangerous waters. Sources said the victims were warned several times to stay away from water, but they got into trouble when a child got stuck in dangerous currents.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed sorrow and grief on the drowning of 12 persons. The chief minister has also sought a report about the incident.
Several people have died recently while bathing on the beaches of Karachi.