Agencies (KARACHI)
Three Saudi nationals drowned in a Karachi beach on Saturday evening, local media reports and police said.

Police sources said two other men accompanying them were rescued in time. All five men were picnicking at the Neelum Point beach.

One of those who drowned is believed to be the son of a Saudi consulate official and other two employees at the consulate.

They were identified as Alaa Bin Attiya Al-Quthami, Abdullah Bin Faleh Al-Subai, both employees at the consulate, and Fahad Fihan Al-Usaimi, the son of a consulate official.

The bodies of the three men are likely to be sent to Saudi Arabia on Monday, Pakistan’s Express Tribune said.

The trio died on Saturday and their bodies were recovered after more than two hours of search.

The consulate said the they were swimming in the sea and had problems with strong waves in the area.

One of the victims was found unconscious and was referred to a private hospital, but was pronounced dead later.

The beach is reportedly known for rough waters during the monsoon season and beachgoers are advised against venturing in to the sea during the period.

GeoTV reported that five people of a family drowned near Hawkesbay on Aug. 14. They were residents of New Karachi and had gone for a picnic, GeoTV said.

According to the Tribune Express, 18 people had drowned in May at different beaches in the city.

The rise in drowning cases at Karachi’s beaches prompted the provincial government to impose a ban on swimming in the sea for six months.

"The government had notified that under Section 144 of the CrPC, a ban has been imposed on wading through, swimming and diving in the sea at the beaches of metropolis for the next six months," the newspaper said.