Rescue operation resumes as death toll in Thatta boat capsize reaches 21

 
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KARACHI Dec 08 (TNS): A rescue operation for those missing in Thursday’s boat capsize tragedy near Thatta resumed Friday morning, with divers from the Pakistan Navy also taking part in the operation.

At least 21 people were killed and 47 injured as a boat carrying more than 80 pilgrims capsized in heavy winds near the ancient city of Thatta on Thursday.

The dead included women and children, while 20 others were pulled from the sea alive, an official said.

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

SSP Afzal said the incident took place near the shore and 52 passengers were successfully off-boarded by rescue sources.

Pakistan Navy teams left for the site of the incident for a rescue operation on Wednesday evening, a Navy spokesperson said earlier, adding that rescue boats were also dispatched.

Divers, medical personnel, and rescue staff are part of the navy’s rescue team