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Rescue operations on boat accident grounded by heavy tides

[Rescue operations at Miritini area after Sunday boat accident. Photo/Maxwell Ngala]

A multi agency rescue operations at Jitoni in Miritini, within Jomvu Constituency were on Monday evening beached following heavy tides in the Indian Ocean.

The search follows a Sunday evening accident where a boat carrying 11 passengers from Voroni area in Kilifi heading to Misheni area in Jitoni, Mombasa County capsized.

According to an eye witness Tsuma Mwadziwe, the accident was caused by heavy tides in the area.

He said that six of the passengers were able to swim to the shoreline while three were rescued by divers and fishermen.

“However a young man and a 6 year old boy are still missing and we are camping right here to save them, we believe they are still alive,” he painfully retorted.

He continued, “The rescue operations have been going on well since Sunday evening and the better part of Monday, however they were grounded by strong tides from 4 pm Monday,”

Confirming the incident Mombasa County Police Commandant Johnston Ipara said that a team of Police officers are at the scene to unearth the cause of the accident.

However, Mr. Ipara has cautioned those travelling by water transport means to take extra precautions especially when the ocean is experiencing strong tides so as to avert such unfortunate occurrences.

The rescue operations are spearheaded by the Kenya Navy, Mombasa County government disaster response team, Mombasa divers, and the Kenya Red Cross disaster response team.