Pakistan navy says bodies of 30 swept away by strong winds recovered off southern beaches

Published: August 1, 2014

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A Pakistan Navy rescuer, hanging from the winch line of a Sea King helicopter, recovers the body of a drowning victim over Clifton beach in Karachi on August 1, 2014. Rescuers have recovered 10 more bodies in rough seas off Pakistan's biggest city Karachi as the search for a group of bathers who drowned earlier this week resumed August 1, officials said. The authorities said the total number of corpses taken from the sea has now reached 31. RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan’s navy has recovered the bodies of at least 30 people who drowned earlier this week when strong winds swept through the country’s southern beaches near the city of Karachi, a spokesman said Friday.

Navy spokesman Kamran Asif said rescue crews were using boats and helicopters in the search operation which was launched last Wednesday.

“So far, the bodies of 30 persons have been recovered, and efforts are underway to trace those who are still missing,” he said.

An undetermined number of picnickers were swept away Wednesday because of heavy winds on beaches near Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.

A large number of people had ignored safety warnings about the weather and gathered on the beaches at the time to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and thousands of people visit its beaches during holidays.

07:14ET 01-08-14

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