Two fishermen drown in Lake Victoria
Two fishermen died Wednesday while their two colleagues were rescued after their boat caught fire at Nyandiwa beach in Lake Victoria in Suba South Sub County.
The four fishermen were sailing back from Masara to Nyandiwa beach when the incident occurred. One of the survivors narrated that fire broke out after one of them attempted to refuel the motor boat with petrol from a jerrican.
Speaking to KNA, Nyandiwa beach management unit chairman Peter Otieno said the four fishermen Wycliffe Odoyo, Calvins Otieno, Kevin Oyugi and Joseph Aduda jumped into water to escape the fire that caught their boat when they were refilling petrol and cooking aboard.
Otieno said only two fishermen, Wycliffe Odoyo (30) and Calvin’s Otieno (28) were rescued by their fellow fishermen while the other two Joseph Aduda (30) and Kevin Oyugi (24) drowned in the incident.
The chairman added that they have launched the search for the two bodies with the efforts of villagers and fishermen.
He said the two who were rescued were treated at a local dispensary and allowed to go back home.
Confirming the incident, Homa Bay County Police Commander Marius Tum said they have launched investigation on the matter, adding that efforts are being made to trace the two bodies.
Chairman of Homa Bay County Beach Management Network Edward Oremo appealed to fishermen to be cautious and stop carrying petrol while on fishing expeditions.
Oremo regretted that such unfortunate deaths could have been avoided if the fishermen were keen.
At the same time, oremo called on well-wishers to help them acquire life savers that can save the fishermen when drowning.
By Janet Odera/Langat