Military divers retrieve last physique in Tanda Dam boating catastrophe

Military divers in the course of the rescue mission on Tanda Dam, as onlookers watch. — ISPR
  • Operation continued for 48 hours to seek out final particular person.
  • 5 college students rescued.
  • Boat capsized as a result of overloading.

The Pakistan Military discovered the final physique from the Tanda Dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kohat district on Friday — 5 days after the horrific tragedy occurred — bringing the full demise depend of drowned college students to 52.

In an announcement on Friday, the Inter-Companies Public Relations (ISPR) mentioned: “On the orders of Chief of Military Employees [Gen Asim Munir], Pakistan Military SSG, and corps of engineers troops discovered the physique of final lacking pupil. The operation continued for 48 hours until the time Military divers discovered the final lacking physique.”

The assertion additional added that the 5 college students had been rescued alive. “All deceased 52 college students and employees have been discovered. The military diving groups of SSG, military engineers and Rescue 1122 additionally rescued 5 college students alive from Tanda Dam.”

Rescuers had been on the lookout for the final physique since Tuesday. The rescued college students had been earlier shifted to District Hospital Kohat, whereas the seek for one lacking particular person was ongoing since then.

The youngsters and academics drowned when their overloaded boat capsized within the lake on Sunday, police mentioned.

The boys, aged between seven and 14, had been all college students of a madrassah and had been taken for a day journey to the scenic common weekend vacationer vacation spot over the weekend.

“The water of the dam was freezing as a result of chilly climate that impeded the rescue mission. However the divers had been capable of dive deep to recuperate the remaining our bodies,” mentioned Khateer Ahmad, a senior official with Rescue 1122 on Tuesday.

Muhammad Umar, who sells tea at a picnic website overlooking the lake, mentioned dozens of fogeys and family members had gathered over the previous few days.

“Each time a physique was recovered from the scene, they’d soar onto the diver to see if it was their son, and each time we’d hear them screaming in ache and anguish,” he informed AFP over the telephone on Tuesday.

“I’ve not witnessed such scenes in my life, it is one thing that may’t be defined in phrases,” he added.

A police spokesperson informed AFP that the incident was a results of overloading. Greater than 50 youngsters and adults had been crammed in a ship with half its capability.

“The boat’s capability was round 20 to 25 individuals,” police spokesperson Fazal Naeem mentioned.

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