Three fishermen are feared dead after their boat capsized in the Indian Ocean in Lamu County.
A total of five fishermen had gone for their daily fishing activities in the Indian Ocean on Saturday evening.
According to Lamu County Coast Guard, following strong winds and tides that hit their boat at around midnight, the fishermen sensed danger, and two of them were forced to swim for about 3 hours to the Mpeketoni seashore to seek help.
“Following the distress call we joined the two frightened fishermen to where their boat with the other three colleagues was stuck, however, on reaching the destination neither the boat nor the fishermen were there,” said an official from the Coast Guard, Lamu County.
The five who come from the Ngomeni area in Malindi, Kilifi County had camped at Mpeketoni in Lamu where they have been indulging in fishing activities for months.
Lamu county Indian Ocean waters have in the past weeks experienced strong tides, with authorities warning all operators to be very vigilant.
Both fishermen and boat operators ferrying locals to various islands in the county have been cautioned against reckless operations.
Recently, Lamu County Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) official Alexander Munga said the Indian Ocean, Lamu County was experiencing high tides, urging all operators to carry on with their activities, cautiously.
“We should not ignore any alert from the Metrological department since the current situation in the Indian Ocean is truly unpredictable,” said Mr. Munga.
The rescue operations involving the Lamu county government disaster management team, The Kenya Coast Guard, the Kenya Navy, the Kenya Red Cross Society, the Lamu County branch, and local fishermen are still underway.