KARACHI: At least three people drowned while another was rescued on Saturday from a beach near Manora, a small peninsula located south of Karachi.
According to rescue sources, at least four people were on a boat to Manora from Keamari when sea waves overpowered the boat and it overturned drowning three.
Last week, four young friends drowned while another was rescued from the city’s Hawke’s Bay beach. A group of friends went to the Hawke’s Bay for a picnic and stayed the night on Saturday. “After staying for a night, we had planned to go for a swim early next morning,” said the victims’ friend, Adnan Khan. “Everything was good until the high tide which drowned two of my friends … they were already at a distance.”
When they saw their friends struggling in the water, three others jumped in to rescue them. Unfortunately, they also fell victim to the tide. “We were helpless. We were unable to do anything for them,” said another friend, Muhammad Fahad. “Finally, we found rescuers who helped us.”
Drowning incidents are common in Karachi during the summer season when picnickers flock to the beaches to beat the soaring temperatures. Despite a number of incidents of drowning very year, the authorities concerned have failed to take concrete measures to avoid such mishaps.