Over 20 die, several missing as boat capsizes in Pakistan

08 December, 2017, 10:22 | Author: Wade Massey
  • 15 dead, several missing as boat carrying devotees capsizes near Thatta

Hyderabad Division Commissioner Dr Saeed Magnejo said that ongoing local rescue efforts were being supported by coordination with military units in the area.

The dead include five women and four children, while at least twenty others were pulled from the sea alive.

Around 80 pilgrims were on their way to a shrine "mela" (fair) when their boat capsized in the open sea, Thatta Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Haseeb Afzal said, adding that the boat was overloaded with passengers.

The boat carrying members of the Dawoodi Bohra community capsized near to Thatta city.

According to district officials, there were about 70 people on-board when then accident took place on Thursday evening, reports Dawn news.

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The passengers were mostly pilgrims were travelling to attend an annual celebration of a sufi saint.

Different officials have placed the number of passengers on board between 50-100.

The Thatta DC said 15-20 people were rescued and admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state. The bodies have been shifted to a hospital in Mirpur Sakro while the survivors with drowning trauma were discharged after been provided first aid. He said there were almost 100 passengers on board at the time.

Authorities fear a further rise in the death toll as search and rescue operations involving navy and coastguards are still underway, according to a statement from Pakistan Navy.

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