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Two missing after boat capsize in Lamu

[Search operations underway in Kizingitini, Lamu County. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Search operations went on for the better part of Sunday after two people drowned in the Indian Ocean in Lamu.

The boat was ferrying stones from Manda to Pate Island.

The boat had a total of 250 construction blocks.

The Kenya Red Cross Society Lamu County branch, Lamu County disaster response team and Lamu County divers are spearheading the search operations.

“There were four crew members in the boat, two of them were however rescued, but their colleagues are still missing,” said one of Lamu divers Somo Mohammed.

He said the crew was from Matondoni area heading to Pate Island.

“The Indian Ocean was experiencing high tides and the boat could not manage the load and strong tides,” added Somo.

The search went on for the whole day on Sunday with divers heading to the deep sea in a bid to rescue the two.

Those rescued earlier were taken to King Fahad hospital for urgent medical attention.

Lamu County Police Commandant Muchangi Kioi confirmed the incident saying a team of divers was sent to reinforce  the search operations.

He said police are yet to establish the cause of the accident.

“We can’t immediately confirm what transpired but we urge all boat operators to be very careful and avoid overloading their boats while operating in high tides” noted Mr. Kioi.