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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Five dead after boat capsizes on L. Victoria

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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At least five people are said to have drowned in Lake Victoria on Saturday evening when a boat capsized at Arongo beach in Seme sub-county in Kisumu.

Three bodies of those who drowned were retrieved by local divers and fishermen and were taken to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital mortuary in Kisumu.

The search for the other two bodies resumed on Sunday morning.

According to the acting Chief of South West Seme location Shadrach Ochola, the incident happened at 5pm on Saturday with eight people on board.

Those who survived the tragedy, among them the coxswain, were taken to Manywanda Hospital for treatment.

Ochola said on Sunday morning that one of the passengers aboard the ill-fated boat had decided to take a selfie thus tilting the outboard engine boat.

“The boat lost balance in the process. The eight, amongst them six visitors were on a leisure ride when the boat capsized,” he said.

“It is also very unfortunate that none of those who were onboard had life-saving jackets.”

The six were mourners who had travelled from Nairobi on Friday to attend a burial at a village within the location.

“We are using the fishing gears to try to fish out the remaining bodies. The nets have been cast around the area where the boat capsized which was approximately 200 meters from the shoreline,” he said.

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