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Operations to save Mombasa drowned fisherman enhanced

[Ongoing rescue operation. Photo/file].

Multi-agency rescue operations have been launched to save a drowned fisherman in Mombasa.

The fisherman according to police drowned in the Indian Ocean on Sunday afternoon when he was saving his fishing boat from strong ocean tides that pushed it to the deep sea.

According to his colleagues, though they tried to save him, their efforts are yet to materialize.

The incident happened at Junda area in Mishomoroni, Kisauni sub-county at around 2 pm Sunday.

“We have spent the whole night trying to rescue our colleague but we are yet to make a breakthrough,” said Ali Masha, one of the fishermen at Junda area.

Kisauni Police Boss Peter Maluki said multi-agency team comprising of Mombasa county government rescue team, the Kenya Red Cross Society disaster management team and the fishermen have enhanced operations to rescue the drowned fisherman.

Maluki has warned fishermen and other locals from venturing into the Indian Ocean when the ocean is experiencing strong tides.

“We have experienced such incidences before, we must learn to be patient with how the Indian Ocean behaves, it is not always calm,” he cautioned the fishermen.

Rescue operations are still underway.