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One die in Lamu boat accident


One person has been confirmed dead and two others rescued after a boat they were traveling in capcized in Lamu county.

The boat was ferrying a total of 60 bags of potatoes from Mokowe jetty to Lamu Island.

Reports from the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) said the deceased was a loader at the Mokowe depot.

“We cannot quickly establish the cause of the accident but our preliminary investigation shows that the boat was overloaded,” disclosed Lamu KMA official Alex Munga.

Mr. Munga said with the heavy tides in the Indian ocean, boat operators and any other traveller should exercise utmost caution.

“We have been issuing security alerts everytime the Indian Ocean is experiencing high tides but they normally ignore,” reiterated Mr. Munga.

He said the overloading and the strong tides no doubt triggered the accident.

He said the KMA officials and the Kenya Coast Guard officers launched the search at night Saturday and recovered the body at Wiyoni’s Tusitiri area near Mokowe depot.

The body was taken to the King Fahad hospital morgue.

Lamu County Police Commander Moses Muriithi said police have launched investigation to the incident.

He said Lamu has in the recent past witnessed boat accidents with some being fatal.

Four people were injured barely two weeks ago after their boat hit a rock and capcized.

Over 20 people most being family members were traveling back home after a day out.

Lamu emergency response team in charge of the Indian Ocean led by Munga says it has been forced to issue continuous security and safety alerts to locals in a bid to mitigate the threatening situation.

“We all have to adhere to the security and safety guidelines or else we will perish in the Indian Ocean,” he insisted.