Swimming banned at Karachi's beaches for 6 months

Decision comes after death toll in drowning cases in past 10 days hits 18

News Desk May 24, 2017
Rescue workers retrieve the bodies of the picnickers who drowned at the Hawkes Bay beach. PHOTO: PPI

In the wake of the rising drowning cases at Karachi's beaches with the death toll hitting 18 in the past 10 days, the provincial government has imposed a ban on swimming in the sea for six months.

The government notified on Wednesday that under Section 144 of the CrPC, a ban has been imposed on wading through, swimming and diving in the sea at the beaches of Karachi for the next six months.

Many citizens are heading to the beaches to swim and beat the scorching summer heat.

Turbulent waves, however, drowned many picnickers, mostly teenagers.

Seven more people drown in the sea

On Tuesday, four school friends drowned at Sandspit beach. They were identified as Hamza Siddiqui, Ejaz Azad, Ali Ahmed and Hamza Anis. They were students of Matric at the Little Whittle School in Orangi Town and had arrived at the beach for a picnic with the student administration.

Two others drowned while swimming in Do Darya within the limits of the Sahil police station


MJ-Sid | 4 years ago | Reply Swimming in the ocean is very different than swimming in a pool. Without proper training even experienced swimmers can drown at beaches near Karachi as there are powerful riptides that run parallel to these popular beaches. More public awareness is required so regular visitors to the beaches can learn to identify riptides.
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