Tragedy as 10 feared dead in Lake Victoria boat accident

Residents of Usenge area in Siaya County are in mourning after a boat that was ferrying passengers capsized in Lake Victoria on Tuesday, November 17.

The accident happened at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night after a boat that was ferrying goods and 20 passengers from the neighboring Country Uganda capsized in Lake Victoria and left at least 10 people dead.

Siaya Police Commander Francis Kooli in his statement confirmed the incident and revealed that 10 people had been rescued from the wreckage as the rescue operations continues.

“The rescue operations are going on to actually get to the bottom of the incident, so far we have rescued 10 and we are searching for the other 10.” Kooli stated

“According to the weather right now, we are having strong winds and despite the measures put in place, sometimes people go against the measures provided,” he noted. 

He noted that the accident might have been caused by strong windy conditions being experienced in Lake.

Mr. Kooli also blamed the vessel crews and the residents for the accident stating that they have warned them against the current weather condition of the lake.

The Police Commander further revealed that some of the vessels being used to ferry goods and passengers lack weather forecasting equipment which poses security risks.

Sources have revealed that ten out of 20 passengers on board were Ugandan traders who were on their way to Honge beach in Bondo sub-county while the remaining ten were Kenyans.

This comes days after a boat ferrying a family of nine had capsized in Lake Naivasha, Nakuru County on Monday with no casualties reported. 

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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