Boat carrying pilgrims capsizes off Pakistan, 14 dead

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 8, 2017

As per reports five women, six men, and three children are among the dead.

Mirza Nasir Baig, deputy commissioner in Thatta, said the pilgrims were on their way to a shrine fair when their boat capsized on the open sea near the coastal town of Bohara in Thatta.

The passengers were mostly pilgrims were travelling to attend an annual celebration of a sufi saint. They are believed to be members of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

The eye witnesses said that the boat could have carried around 200 people; however, it could not uphold the balance due to strong winds and hurriedness of the people.

The Thatta DC said 15-20 people were rescued and admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state.

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The boat, ferrying the devotees to shrine of Meenhan Pathai in the sea in union council Bohara, was carrying over 60 people, survivors, local fishermen and boatmen claimed.

Commissioner Hyderabad Division Saeed Magnejo said that the ongoing local rescue efforts are being supported by coordination between Navy and Army units in the area.

The death toll in a boat capsize off the coast of Pakistan's Thatta district has increased to 21 with several others still reported missing, police said on Friday.

Divers, medical personnel, and rescue staff are part of the Pakistan Navy's rescue team.

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