10 die as boat capsizes in Lamu,rescue operations on for survivors

10 die as boat capsizes in Lamu,rescue operations on for survivors

BY KORIR JUMA,CORRESPONDENT,LAMU,20TH JUNE 2017-Rescue efforts were by Tuesday evening going on to rescue survivors  of a boat tragedy in the Indian ocean waters of Lamu county after  it capsized killing ten people.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has since established that  those who have lost their lives  one man, five women and four children .

The tragedy is reported to have caused by overloading of the  boat, which was heading to Lamu East from Ndau Island.

It is said to have been overloaded with 16 passengers and 50 bags of cement on board when it was overwhelmed by high tides along the Mkanda Channel.

Confirming the incident, Lamu County Commissioner, Joseph Kanyeri, said that six people have been rescued so far by local divers and maritime officials, with the rescue operation officially called off.

The bodies of the deceased were removed to Kind Fahad Hospital, but will be discharged shortly for burial since the victims are Muslims and their tradition dictates so.

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