8 feared dead as Boat capsizes in Lamu,rescue operations ongoing

8 feared dead as Boat capsizes in Lamu,rescue operations ongoing

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BY  CORRESPONDENT,LAMU, 14TH AUG 2017-8 people are feared dead   after   a boat carrying 11 family members and the captain of a vessel disappeared in the Indian Ocean shortly after leaving Kizingitini Village on Sunday evening.

Among those in the boat was the ODM candidate for Lamu East Constituency seat in the just-concluded general election Mr Shekue Kahale who has since been rescued.Two more bodies retrieved among them an adult woman and a child.

The boat which was carrying 14 people  is still missing with  the whereabouts of other  boat occupants still unknown.

Lamu police were Sunday evening alerted of the disappearance and marine patrol boats were immediately dispatched on a rescue and search operation.

Tens of local divers also joined in the night search for the missing youthful politician and his family members.

Lamu’s Operation Linda Boni Director Joseph Kanyiri has confirmed that the sea vessel, a small 40HP Yamaha Enduro-powered boat is feared to have capsized between 10am and 12pm Sunday around Manda Bruno while on its way from Kizingitini to Lamu Island.

According to Mr Kanyiri, the boat left Kizingitini Village at around 9am and was last spotted at Mtangawanda Jetty at around 10am before it went missing.

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