Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Two drown, several survive in Lake Victoria boat accident

Ftom The Guardian/IPPMedia, Dar es Salaam
By Correspondent

Two people drowned and several others narrowly escaped death last week after a boat they were traveling in capsized in Lake Victoria, Bunda district, Mara region.

The accident occurred on Wednesday night at Kasuguti village in the district as the men were fishing in the lake.

Kasuguti village executive office Kabanja Kabanja named the two fishermen who drowned as Kajeri Simbiti (17) and Hamis Masatu (33).

He said the survivors were rescued by villagers who witnessed them capsizing in the lake.

One reporter who also witnessed the lake accident, Misana Gamba, noted that apart from the rough lake, the boat was overloaded.

The village executive officer said the incident was reported to Bulamba police post and the bodies of the two fishermen were found the following day and buried.

Mara regional police commander Robert Boaz said he was unaware of the accident and promised to follow it up.

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