Up to 30 Eid Revellers Drown at Gadani

Various news agencies have been reporting for a while now that up to 30 ‘holiday makers’ who had been retreating at Eid have drowned at the popular Gadani Beach in Baluchistan (other sources have put the death toll at 10, 13 and 18). With access to many of Karachi’s own beaches either becoming restricted or their quality subsiding, Gadani, which is located at an hour’s drive from Karachi, had become an increasingly popular tourist destination for Karachites in recent times. On Eid especially, “thousands” of people and their families, one report noted, showed up at the beach to celebrate.

But as it happens so frequently, we have the tendency to get over board in our celebrations, resulting in such tragic loss of life. Local fishermen have reportedly recovered 20 of the 30 dead bodies (many of which were identified as those of young school and college going students) and further search is still underway, but this is not the first time such an incident has happened. Indeed, local papers routinely publish pictures of overzealous adrenaline junkies risking their lives despite warnings from officials and similarly tragic stories of young people losing their lives after flirting with danger are exceedingly common at the height of the summer season, when people tend to flock to these beaches for respite from the constant heat.

Of course, part of the problem lies in these officials themselves, who it seems, think their job is done and over with by merely issuing warnings. Life guards are a rare sight on most of Karachi’s beaches, and consequentially, awareness in the masses at large about what constitutes safe play and what does not, is even more scarce. Some one has to take the responsibility to educated the masses, and perhaps also, at the same time, explore into developing other means of accessible recreation for the middle and lower classes, so that all of them do not flock up at the same beaches in such large numbers. All in all, I hope there comes time in the future when both officials and the public can learn from these repeated tragedies and they can be avoided in future.

7 Comments so far

  1. ALAM (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    I have been to Gadani recently, and I was actually quite impressed by the govt’s employees at the beach scurrying around and warning ppl. They (mainly Baluch) were watching ppl with eagles eyes, begging and sometimes threatening ppl to not go far. I have ever seen any more efficient govt employee anywhere on beach. I was so impressed that I actually asked them if they were govt employees.

    Its very easy to blame govt in everything. Actually it has become fashion now. I would say 30 retarded ppl died, and avg Karachiite IQ increased.

  2. Zee (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    Those people died mostly because of their own fault. People get way too out of control on beach!!

  3. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

    Very true.
    One should care for his/her own life. Over confidence kills!

  4. Zee (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    KARACHI will be closed tomorrow, thanks to BitchNazir so hopefully, nobody is gona go visit the beach tomorrow :D

  5. ALAM (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm


    I thought we all agreed she is BudNazeer, no? :)

    I think women r more pissed off to see BB in KHI. One more woman to compete against :D

  6. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    May be those who know swimming could volunteer as life guard few times in a year.

  7. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Gadani is a classy beach. But off course it is a dangerous one. People think that because Baluch can survive there so the lucy karachi wallas will also do. No chance, as the report amply puts it.

    Ameer Hamza

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