Residents call for coast guard to patrol beaches in wake of drowning

By: SAMUEL KAZUNGU

Two people drowned in the Indian Ocean in Kilifi on Tuesday. Consequently, the police have told the public to keep off the sea as it was dangerous.

The two deaths come only a week after a university student drowned in the same area.

The two incidents have shocked Kilifi County and triggered fresh calls for a coast guard unit to patrol the beaches.

In the first incident, Mr Samuel Chengo, 20, from Kiwandani, drowned at Vidazini Beach while trying to rescue a colleague who was drowning.

GONE FISHING

According to a witness, Mr Jibril Khamis, who assisted in the rescue mission, Chengo died of exhaustion after battling with his friend who was not a good swimmer.

Kilifi OCPD Joshua Ole Leina said another villager drowned at Uyombo in Matsangoni, where he had gone fishing.

Mr Ole Leina said John Kahindi Katana went fishing at Uyombo Bandarini on Tuesday but did not return.

His body was found floating in the sea a few hours later.

Mr Ole Leina cautioned people against going to the sea when it was rough.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION