Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Faisal Edhi, PTI MPA survives drowning during rescue operation in Karachi

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KARACHI: Head of the Edhi Foundation, Faisal Edhi, and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPA Raja Azhar on Wednesday survived drowning after their boat capsized during a rescue operation near Korangi Causeway in Karachi, ARY NEWS reported.  

The two of them and four others were on a rescue mission to find people who have drowned near Korangi Causeway and went ahead towards Do Darya area during the operation.

According to Edhi officials, the boat overturned due to the rough waves and they were fortunately rescued by some passing-by fishermen.

They were shifted to Ibrahim Hyderi jetty for medical treatment.

Later talking to media, Faisal Edhi said that he was trying to rescue eight people who have drowned in Malir river when the incident occured.

“After a search operation, we decided to return from sea view area when suddenly the engine of the boat encountered technical issues.”

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“Our boat capsized due to rough waves in the sea,” Faisal Edhi said adding that there were six people on board at the time of the incident including Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) provincial lawmaker Raja Azhar.

He said that they were wearing life jackets that saved them from drowning as they spent almost half an hour in the open sea, facing rough waves. “A boat of fishermen coming from towards Ibrahim Hyderi rescued us,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that at least four people drowned after Korangi’s Causeway bridge on Malir River submerged during the ongoing monsoon rainfall in Karachi.

Rescue sources said that two persons have been taken out of the water while a search mission was initiated to recover the remaining two persons.

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