About 100 fishermen and crew of merchant ships were rescued on Tuesday by the Pakistan Navy helicopters after a cyclone hit the southwestern part of Pakistan leaving a dozen dead and many more missing.
The Pakistan Navy said two merchant ships Al-Piccaso and Lady Hamad and four fishing boats Al-Taif, Al-Noor, Simble Sultani and Al-Tariq were trapped in the deep sea due to the cyclone off the coast of Karachi.
"Despite the rough sea conditions our helicopters and ships started the search and rescue operations since morning and managed to take 98 people to safety and some given treatment," a Naval official said.
He said some 17 people had been rescued from the Al-Daulat boat, which went out of control in deep water were shifted to safer place by the PNS Tariq.
The official said helicopters also traced out 56 persons trapped in the deep sea and rescued them. "Rescue operations are also being carried out at Somiani beach and some six persons have been rescued so far," he said.