The three-day search for drowned Lamu fishermen has so far yielded nothing, further killing the hopes of finding the two fishermen alive.
Fakii Ismael, aged 17 years and his counterpart Abdulkarim Shali, 22 are still trapped in the Indian Ocean, three days since their boat capcised in the Indian ocean on Saturday around midnight.
According to Lamu County Disaster management team Head Shee Kupi, hopes of getting the two alive have been hampered by strong and rough tides that have also at some point halted the search.
Mr Kupi said the multi-agency team rescue operations have been ingoing since Sunday through out Monday and the whole day Tuesday with no positive results and hopes of getting the two young men alive.
“The tides have been very strong hampering the search, indeed we are caught in a very delicate situation since the search is yet to yield any positive results,” Noted Kupi.
The five fishermen from Ngomeni in Malindi, Kilifi County went to Mpeketoni for fishing expedition.
After encountering the dangers, two of them Athman Shee Bakari and Said Omar were forced to swim for more than three hours searching for help from the authorities.
On returning to where they had left their boat, both the boat and the fishermen were nowhere to be found, prompting urgent search operations.
“One of the fishermen Kassim Kocha, 34 was on Sunday rescued by the Kenya Coast Guard Services Lamu County office,” said KCGS Officer Kenneth Sabila.
[Rescue team helping Kassim Kocha aged, 34 years (In yellow trouser) after spending more than 12 hours in the Indian Ocean. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
However, despite the intensive and extensive search operations from Sunday, the multi-agency team has since got nothing, sending the families of the two fishermen into agony.
According to Sabila, the rough waters have hampered the search,
Meanwhile, Lamu local leaders have scoffed at the rescue team for laxity.
They said the rescue operations were launched 10 hours after the incident was reported to the Lamu disaster response team as well as the Kenya Coast Guard Services, Lamu County.
Led by Lamu elder Al- Burhan Abusheel, locals among them the Lamu council of elders want the County government to seriously look into disaster response issues in the county.
“We have for years experienced and witnessed pain in the Indian Ocean and fire incidents that also have left many Lamu dwellers and investors homeless, this issue should be amicably addressed,” said Mr Abusheel.
As the search operations continues, the family of the two missing fishermen are still camping at Tenevi area in Mpeketoni, Lamu West hoping to find their kin alive.