Boat capsize kills 12 Pakistani fishermen: Military

AFP , Saturday 16 Mar 2024

Twelve Pakistani fishermen died after their boat capsized in the Arabian Sea, the military said Wednesday, as the navy searched for a pair still missing.

Pakistani fishermen
File Photo: Pakistani fishermen work in Sonmiani Lagoon in the Arabian Sea, some 100 kilometres southwest of Karachi. AFP


The fishing vessel went down on March 5, prompting rescuers to comb waters off southern Sindh province with helicopters, ships and speedboats.

"The bodies of 12 fishermen have been recovered," the army public relations wing said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The search for the remaining two missing fishermen is still going on."

Deadly transport accidents are common in Pakistan, where overcrowding is rife and safety measures are lax.

The military earlier said the boat had 45 crew aboard when it overturned in the open sea near Hajamro Creek -- close to the Indian border -- "due to adverse weather conditions".

Leisure boats and working vessels in Pakistan are frequently overloaded, making them top-heavy and susceptible to capsizing.

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