QUETTA: At least four people died when a ferry carrying illegal immigrants sank near Pakistan’s southwestern port of Gwadar, officials said yesterday.
Authorities said the victims were illegal immigrants who were trying to enter Iran by crossing the Arabian sea in a speedboat.
“They were illegal immigrants, local residents have recovered four dead bodies and handed them over to us,” Abdul Hameed Abro, official in Gwadar said.
“One of the victims had been identified, he belonged to Mansehra district,” of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Abro added.
Residents and rescue workers recovered the four bodies early yesterday in the Jiwani area of Gwadar, around 1300 kilometres southwest of Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province.
The exact number of those travelling in the boat is unclear with officials providing conflicting reports ranging from eight to 11 people. It is also unclear when the boat sank.