Boat carrying pilgrims capsizes near Thatta, 14 killed


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KARACHI: A police official said on Friday at least 14 people were killed when a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims capsized near an island in the Arabian Sea.

Over 30 people were also missing after the boat sank on Thursday near Thatta, 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Karachi, according to Zulfiqar Ali.

He said the pilgrims were heading to a shrine located on the island when the overcrowded boat suddenly capsized.

A search and rescue operation is underway.

A local resident said “there were around a hundred to a hundred and twenty people on that boat. There were around seven to eight people including me nearby who knew how to swim. We tried. But a lot of people drowned.”

“I found seven children in the water. I was able to rescue five but two had already died.”