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Bodies of fishermen retrieved from Lake Victoria 

Two bodies of fishermen, including a Tanzanian citizen who drowned in waters of Lake Victoria in Sindo beach, Suba North Sub county after their boat capsized last Sunday have been finally retrieved. Another one body is yet to be recovered.

The body of Joseph Juma Kasosi, 33 and a Tanzanian national, Nyangope  Alias Jasirati, 30, were found floating on water near Litare beach in Rusinga Island by their fellow fishermen.

Speaking to KNA on phone, the Chairman of Sindo Beach Management Unit, Patroba Okenge said the two bodies were removed from the water after an intensive operation which was conducted on Monday using five boats.

The recovery exercise was coordinated by fishermen from Sindo main beach and surrounding beaches.

Okenge said the bodies were brought at the shore of the lake with two different boats while the search for the remaining body of the last fisherman Martin Kieti Olando, 41, has been intensified as more boats have been brought on board.

He however said the two bodies will not be removed at the beach in tandem with the Luo customary laws, until the last body shall have been retrieved.

The Homa Bay County Beach Management Network Chairman, Edward  Oremo cautioned the fishermen to ensure that they put on life jackets whenever they go to the lake so as to avoid such unfortunate deaths.

“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 Oremo.

The chairman also called on the county government of Homa Bay to provide life jackets to the fishermen in Lake Victoria to help in curbing such deaths.

He further applauded the fishermen for their efforts in ensuring that the two bodies were recovered from the lake.

By  Janet  Odera/ Davis  Langat

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