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Bodies of expats who drowned at Sawadi, Oman to be repatriated soon


tragic incident: Al Sawadi beach, some 70km from Ruwi, is a popular tourist destination. This picture has been used for illustrative purpose only. – Times of Oman/ Rejimon K.

Muscat: Bodies of three Pakistanis who drowned at Sawadi will be flown back to Pakistan very soon, an official from the Pakistan embassy in Muscat said.

On Friday evening, three Pakistani expatriate workers, all in their 20s, drowned near the Sawadi beach while they were on a pleasure trip.

"We have received letters from their families in Pakistan. We are already coordinating with the police department here to complete the procedures to repatriate the bodies," the embassy official added.

Six Pakistani workers had gone for a pleasure trip to Sawadi beach at around 4:30pm on Friday. While swimming, three of them were caught in a swirl and drowned. While two of the bodies were recovered, one of them died in hospital. The victims were identified as Nareesh Baboo, Avinash and Mohammed Sohail Ali. They were all working at a sheet manufacturing factory in Barka.

Two bodies have been kept in Ibri hospital and one in Rustaq hospital.

"We were in the water and swimming. Soon, there were big waves and we were pulled deep into water. This happened two or three times. We panicked. We were trying to return.

Meanwhile, a taxi driver on the shore saw us struggling and called for help. Three of us, including me, were rescued by boats. But Nareesh, Sohail and Avinash were missing," Muhammad Waseem, one of the rescued workers, had told the Times of Oman earlier.

Al Sawadi beach, some 70km far from Ruwi, is a popular tourist destination.

To get in touch with the reporter reji@timesofoman.com

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