15 killed in Pakistan boat capsize

18 people drowned as boat capsized at Thatta

A Pakistani police official says a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims has capsized near an island in the Arabian Sea, killing 14 people, Fox News reports.

Deputy Commissioner Thatta Nasir Baig the accident took place as the overloaded boat lost balance and tipped over in a creek, 30 kilometres away from Bohara.

Officials said the dead included women and children.

At least 50 people belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra Community drowned.

Authorities fear a further rise in the death toll as search and rescue operations involving navy and coastguards are still underway, according to a statement from Pakistan Navy.

The Thatta DC said 15-20 people were rescued and admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state.

The boat, ferrying the devotees to shrine of Meenhan Pathai in the sea in union council Bohara, was carrying over 60 people, survivors, local fishermen and boatmen claimed. At least 15 bodies have been recovered, according to officials at the Mirpur Sakro Taluqa Hospital.

Allah Dino Mallah, a local boatman, said due to disproportionately lower number of ferries and high number of devotees the boatmen have been transporting more passengers.

A rescue operation for those missing in Thursday's boat capsize tragedy near Thatta resumed Friday morning, with divers from the Pakistan Navy also taking part in the operation.

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