By Taniya Dutta
At least eight bodies were fished out from the Indus river by the divers of Pakistan Navy Saturday morning after a boatferrying 30 people-all devotees of a saint, capsized overnight in northwest Pakistan.
The incident occurred 10 kilometers away from Dokri area in Larkana district on Friday night when a boat crammed with 30 odd passengers and some motorcycles-beyond its capacity, set sail from a traditional festival of Muhbann Pir, on the left bank of the river.
But the overloaded boat dashed against the left bank while it was being anchored at the point.
The Pakistan Navy divers from Sukkur had arrived at the site of the incident around midnight but the rescue efforts had to be put off till dawn due to darkness.
While seventeen people managed to swim ashore, twenty people were rescued by the divers. However, four are still missing.
Larkana police said 30 people – including women and children – were en-route in the boat from Naushero Feroze to the shrine of Pir Muhban Shah.
“Initial information indicates that the boat sank because it was carrying more people than its limit. The boat tilted and the people fell into the water.
“Rescuers pulled out eight bodies and the search operation for missing people is still on,” a police official said.
Earlier this month, at least three persons had died while over 100 were rescued after a boat on the way to Okara capsized in River Ravi near Nankana Sahib in country’s second largest province Punjab.