Boat Carrying 16 Passengers Capsizes

  • Boat that capsized in Lake Victoria in May 2019
    Boat that capsized in Lake Victoria in May 2019
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  • A boat carrying 16 passengers has capsized in Lake Victoria, Homa Bay County, on Tuesday evening, September 21.

    Six passengers who were in the ill-fated boat have so far been rescued and rushed to the nearby hospital.

    At the time of publishing this story, rescue operations were still underway to save the remaining ten passengers. 

    Nyanza police boss Karanja Muiruri confirmed the incident stating that the rescue operation has been heightened to save the remaining.

    Residents Watch as Rescue Operation Continues to Rescue Those Who Drowned in Lake Victoria on Tuesday September 21
    Residents Watch as Rescue Operation Continues to Rescue Those Who Drowned in Lake Victoria on Tuesday September 21
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    The boat was headed to Suba-North from Pier Beach at 6 pm when the accident occurred.

    The boat is suspected to have been overloaded with passengers and luggage that included bags of cement, timber, pieces of iron sheets, and foodstuffs.

    In March, another boat capsized near Arongo beach in Seme Sub County of Kisumu County.

    The coxswain and one other person survived the incident and were rushed to Manywanda Hospital for treatment.

    Three bodies of those who drowned were retrieved by local divers and fishermen and moved to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) mortuary in Kisumu.

    The incident was confirmed by South West Seme location Assistant Chief Shadrach Ochola who stated the boat had eight passengers on board when it capsized.

    Apart from That, on August 15, three fishermen drowned after their boat capsized in the Indian Ocean along the coastline of Mpeketoni in Lamu County. Two survived the ordeal.

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