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Search For Missing Fishermen In L. Naivasha Enters Day Three



Search For Missing Fishermen In L. Naivasha Enters Day Three

The search for two fishermen whose boat capsized in Lake Naivasha on Monday evening entered the third day as hopes of getting them alive diminished.

This came as police arrested the owner of the boat and embarked on a search for the coxswain who was among those rescued during the incident.

The boat carrying fourteen people capsized on Monday afternoon and twelve of them were rescued while the fate of the other two remains unknown.

The youths from Karagita were returning home from spot-fishing in Ngorongo area when the incident occurred near Kasarani area.

The chairman Tarambeta landing beach Isaac Ekeno said that the blame lay squarely with the coxswain for overloading the fishing vessel.

He said that none of the youths had safety-jackets when the boat flipped over throwing them into the lake.

“These are illegal fishermen who are involved in spot-fishing and they were operating using unlicensed boat when the accident occurred,” he said.

He decried the rising number of people involved in illegal fishing around the troubled water body adding that more patrols by security officers were needed.

“We cannot all fit in the lake and there is need to seek other job opportunities for these youths elsewhere so as to avoid such accidents in future,” he said.

One of those involved in the rescue David Kamau narrated how they rushed to the scene minutes after the boat capsized.

He added that the incident left them shaken but they managed to rescue twelve but efforts to get the other two were fruitless.

“We have joined our colleagues in searching for the other two and we are calling on those entering the lake to make sure they have safety jackets,” he said.

Speaking on phone, Naivasha sub-county fisheries officer Nicholas Kagundu said that strong winds coupled with high tides could have contributed to the accident.

He said that the fisheries department had mobilized its four patrols boat to assist in the search mission around North Lake.

“This is the first incident this year and during the accident twelve of the youths were rescued while two are missing,” he said.

Kagundu confirmed that the group was involved in illegal fishing and was on its way back home when the boat capsized.

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