THATTA: At least 10 people drowned in Keenjhar Lake in Thatta on Monday, according to police.
As per details, 13 people, belonging to a family hired a boat for a ride in Keenjhar Lake. As the boat reached deep waters, it lost balance and capsized. As a result, all those on board fell into the water.
Police sources informed that 10 people, including eight women and a child, drowned in the incident, while two were rescued.
Rescuers stated that the boatmen typically do not provide life jackets to picnickers while taking them for boating in deep water. Lifeguards are also not available at the lake which attracts thousands of visitors daily, mostly from Karachi.
Sources said people present at the scene managed to rescue two of them who were shifted to a hospital. The search and rescue operation has been concluded as the teams have recovered all persons missing in the deep water after the sorrowful incident.
The police officials have arrested sailor, Abdul Jabbar, over charges of overloading the boat. All the victims belonged to the Mehmoodabad area of the metropolis. The bodies have been retrieved and shifted to hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Meanwhile, taking notice of the incident, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has sought a detailed inquiry report from authorities concerned.
Keenjhar commonly known as Malik Lake is located in Thatta District of Sindh. It is situated about 36 kilometers from the city of Thatta.
It is the second-largest freshwater lake in Pakistan and an important source of drinking water for Thatta District and Karachi city.