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.

COMMENTS (10)

Aysha M | 7 years ago | Reply

@Ishrat salim: Please understand the socio-economic background of those who drowned.These young men (RIP) were from poor class and these unfortunate beings start earning from a very tender age, they become economically independent, often be the providers for their families, and then parents start losing influence on the choices they make. These young people are entertainment starved, with no power and water and life with other social annihilators, they get possessed by their simple desire to enjoy on eid, hence mindlessly hit the beach,It is the prime responsibility of individuals to stay away from danger but the govt has to be proactive and engage in regulating public behaviour, and train them to make wise and safe choices. Even in western countries where abiding law is more of a biological process than a matter of training, the government has a strong and visible presence at the centres of entertainment and recreation and they look out for the safety of the people. The inept and indifferent government of Sindh cannot shrink away from the responsibility, it is criminal negligence on their part. Karachi needs a mayor to govern it, Sindh 2 is inevitable. May allah protect all of us from the exponentially tragic experience of losing a loved one on eid. Hope you understand Karachittes are hard working good people and deserve to be respected & protected

yousuf | 7 years ago | Reply

Why oh why are people blaming the Sindh government? If people are stupid and idiotic enough to venture far out, especially during a period of strong undertow, they have only themselves to blame. Next thing you know, people will start blaming the government if a person jumps off a building or a bridge.

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