19 bodies recovered, 4 missing in rough seas off Karachi: officials

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 7:09:10 by

KARACHI: At least 19 bathers drowned and four are missing in the rough seas off Karachi, officials said on Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming in rough waters during the monsoon season.

“Nineteen bodies have been pulled out of the sea while the search for four more people continues,” Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, the city’s top administrator told AFP. The bathers were among thousands who had taken to the beaches to celebrate Eid holidays.

Eighteen of the bodies were recovered off the Clifton Beach area (Sea View), while one was found off Hawks Bay.

Siddiqui added that a search operation had been launched with the help of Navy divers and a helicopter, as well as civil authorities.

Senior police officer Ibadat Nisar said: “The government imposed a ban on swimming in the sea before the start of the monsoon season in June and police were deployed to implement the ban, but people became violent.”

Relatives of some of the missing were gathered at Clifton beach, anxiously awaiting word of their loved ones.

The Bahria helicopter pulled four bodies out of the sea, and rescue teams from Edhi and Chhipa are still present as rescue efforts are still underway, Express News reported.

Further, Express News reported that police had attempted to dispel the crowd from the beach on Thursday as people were still flocking to the sea for picnics. The attempt to clear the beach by the police got a little violent with the crowd.

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