Karachi beach tragedy: Rescue operation complete

38 bodies recovered from Karachi's beaches

Web Desk August 02, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy has issued a statement that the rescue operation to recover bodies from the waters of Clifton Beach (Sea View) in Karachi has been completed, at the request of the police commissioner of Karachi, Express News reported on Saturday.

Earlier today, two more bodies were recovered from the sea taking the death toll of people who drowned at Sea View up to 38.

All beaches in the city have been declared off-limits till August 3 and the provincial government also plans to do so on Independence Day.

Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui had earlier said that the ban on visiting the beaches will be lifted on Sunday, adding that it was imposed to ensure that there were no further casualties. This ban is in addition to the one imposed under Section 144 that prevents citizens from going into the water till August 27.

Rescue teams had recovered the bodies of nine picnickers on August 1, in addition to 27 others before.

Police had earlier arrested over 40 people from beaches in the metropolis for violating Section 144, which bans the gathering of more than four people at one place for rallies and protests.

The responsibility of the tragic drowning has not been pinned yet. Sindh IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali has already formed a three-member inquiry committee; however, the committee had not prepared its report till the filing of this report.

The Sindh government had earlier announced Rs0.2 million each for the families of the deceased.

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