An extended family left for a popular beach for a picnic on Saturday morning, but little did they know their outing would turn into the worst tragedy for them. Twelve members of the family drowned in the Arabian Sea at Hawke’s Bay beach while saving each other from drowning.
Lifeguards have fished out the bodies of 12 victims – aged between 12 and 50 – but fear there could be more.
“We have retrieved 12 bodies thus far,” lifeguard Muhammad Asad told The Express Tribune. “There could possibly be more bodies as it was a big family.”
Asad said they called off the search for more bodies after darkness fell. Lifeguards will resume their search operation in the morning.
“The family belonged to the Nazimabad neighbourhood of Karachi. And they had come to Hawke’s Bay for a family picnic,” said Niaz Panwar, the SHO of Mauripur police station. “The incident was reported at 7pm.”
The victims have been identified as Wahaj Shahzad, 28, Umair Jameel, 30, Ali Noor, 25, Saud Shoaib, 50, Taha Minhaj, 20, Filza Saud, 17, Atif Naseem, 30, Hamza, 12, Ebad Saud, 15, and Ali Zameer, 26. The bodies were first driven to Mauripur’s Murshid Hospital, from where they were shifted to Civil Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Section 144 has been in place on beaches and in coastal areas of Sindh since June whereby swimming is not allowed in the sea which is rough during this time of the year. Messages are displayed at prominent places warning picnickers against wading into deeper waters.
However, picnickers routinely ignore these warnings at the peril of their lives. Nearly three dozen people – among them women and children – have drowned in the sea since the imposition of Section 144.
Courtesy: Express Tribune