KARACHI: A fishing boat carrying at least 22 fishermen onboard capsized in Arabian Sea in Balochistan on Friday.
According to reports, six fishermen have survived while some of the people drowned in the incident have been identified as Mir Mohammad, Hashim, Manzoor, Haji Ameer Bux, Ashraf, Mir and Qadir Malhio.
The relatives of the fishermen reached Karachi Port after getting information about drowning of the vessel.
They demanded the government and Pakistan Navy to initiate a rescue operation immediately to trace the fishermen of the drowned boat.
In another boat capsize incident in the sea near the Ibrahim Hyderi Jetty of Karachi in May this year two people were drowned.
Ice blocks weighed more than the permissible load limit were placed on the boat, Al Shahzeb. The ice blocks were also placed unevenly on the deck due to which the boat lost balance and capsized in sea.
Seven fishermen were on the boat, five of whom were rescued immediately, other two fishermen went missing. A 24-hour long search and rescue operation to find the missing fishermen was unsuccessful.
In May a boat capsized in Indus River in Jamshoro district of Sindh carrying 14 people.
The rescue teams safely rescued six persons from the river, while six bodies retrieved.