Three fishermen died while one of them survived on Sunday when their boat capsized at Litare beach in Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria in Suba North Sub- County of Homa Bay County.
The fishermen drowned immediately after they had left Wadia’nga in Sindo main beach at about 5.30pm when the strong waves accompanied with hailstones forced their boat to capsize at about 11.30pm.
The survivor, Dan Otieno Oluoch was rescued by his fellow fishermen. The deceased were Martin Kieti Olando (41), Joseph Kososi Juma (33) and Nyangope Alias Jasirati (30), a Tanzanian national.
Confirming the incident to KNA, Senior Chief for Kaksingri West location, Samuel Obado said the boat which belongs to Domnic Kiabasa Okal had four occupants when the incident occurred.
Obado said the fishermen were traveling from Sindo main beach to Litare in Rusinga Island for their daily fishing activities.
The four fishermen were together on a small boat. They were traveling from Sindo main beach but upon reaching Rusinga Island, the boat overturned and threw all of them in the lake, he said.
The administrator reiterated that the area is prone to strong winds and called on fishermen to be cautious whenever they go into the lake especially during the rainy season.
He said that the search for three bodies has commenced and called on marine experts to step in and team up with local fishermen in looking for the bodies.
Local fishermen lack modern equipment needed in searching for missing bodies in the water. I call upon the police and the military to send in their experts to assist us, said Obado.
Obado blamed frequent deaths in the lake due to carelessness of the fishermen.
We have lost many fishermen on the lake. Most deaths are as a result of negligence by the fishermen. The law requires them to put on life jackets when on the lake. Most of them ignore this, said Obado.
The Homa Bay County Police Commander, Marius Tum confirmed the incident and said they have launched investigations.
Source: Kenya News Agency