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Two picnickers drown on Clifton and Hawkesbay beaches in Karachi – Pakistan

KARACHI: Two people drowned while swimming in the sea in the Clifton and Hawkesbay areas on Sunday.

Hassaan Khan, official of Rescue-1122, said dusk that four friends had gone for a picnic at China Port near Clifton. They decided to take a swim, but one of them was washed away by a strong wave.

The official said divers launched a search operation and after five hours of frantic effort managed to recover the body, which was stuck between large rocks on the seabed.

The victim was identified as 20-year-old Mairaj. The body was handed over to his father Riaz.

In another incident, 18-year-old Anas Fareed, who had come to Hawkesbay Beach for a picnic, drowned while swimming in the sea.

A search was launched, but the body was not found until late in the evening. Rescue workers and divers would resume their work in the morning, the official said.

It should be recalled here that in view of the prevailing high tides and stormy waves in the sea in the run-up to the monsoon season, the city administration had already imposed a one-month swimming and bathing ban on all the city’s beaches.

Earlier, on June 15, Karachi Commissioner Hasan Naqvi imposed a two-month swimming and bathing ban on two beaches – Kanupp Beach and Sunerah Beach – in view of the flood season.

Published in Dawn, July 8, 2024