ISLAMABAD, July 30 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 tourists who were celebrating Muslims' Eid festival died as they drowned in sea view area in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, officials said.
The Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Siddiqui, said 12 bodies have been recovered from waters by the rescue workers, however at least 10 others are still missing.
"There was already a ban on going into the waters and all the victims went into prohibited regions despite restrictions," said the Commissioner.
The bodies were shifted to the local hospital while the coast guards continued their rescue operation to search others.
Local media reported that the civil administration of the city have requested rescue services from Pakistan Navy.
Thousands of people thronged to beach area in Karachi on Wednesday, the second of Muslims' annual festival of Eid-ul-Fitr in Pakistan.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Asad, told media that many banners cautioning the tourists to take safety measure were placed at sea view area, but the tourists ignored them.