Islamabad: Dozens of people feared dead after a ferry carrying over 70 people capsized in River Ravi near Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province, with rescue operation still ongoing, officials said.
The boat, sailing from Nankanas tehsil Said Wala to Okara, with more than 70 people aboard, capsized shortly after leaving Said Wala, prompting district administration and rescue teams to swing into action and save as many people as possible, Geo News reported.
“The ferry was overloaded with passengers,” Deputy Commissioner Saira Umar said, adding that majority of people swam to the bank on their own, while rescue teams saved eight others, who were shifted to hospital.
The rescue operation will continue until the recovery of all the people, she added. An eye witness said that there were over 70 people and nearly 20 motorbikes aboard the ferry, the report said.