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Another Boat Capsizes, Four Rescued In Lamu

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Another four fishermen have been rescued after a boat they were travelling in capsized at Ziwani area near Kiunga in Lamu East.

This comes just six days after another boat with five fishermen from Ngomeni in Kilifi County capsized at Tenewi in the open sea in Lamu.

Three fishermen were however rescued while two are yet to be traced.

Confirming the Thursday evening accident, Lamu East Sub-County Disaster Response Team Representative Abbas Athman said together with local divers from the community, they responded immediately after the accident happened, searched for the four for hours but failed to trace them.

They had to postpone the search and rescue mission after darkness fell but resumed on Friday morning.

Mr Athman said they found all the four alive after swimming for over six hours before spotting a cliff at Ishakani where they clung onto it and spent the night there.

According to the four; Shee Issa Titi,29, Arafat Issa Titi, 28, Mahmoud Mohamed, 33 and Mohamed Dili,20 their fishing dhow christened LFB Tawfik was overpowered by strong winds and tides and capsized at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

“The four went missing on Thursday evening after their dhow capsized deep in the Indian Ocean at Ziwani area near the Kiunga border of Lamu with Somalia. They managed to swim to safety and climbed on top of a coral reef in the open sea at Ishakani area. They spent the night there. We picked them this morning during our search mission. I am happy they are all alive,” said Mr Athman.

Speaking to journalists in Lamu on Friday, County Disaster Response Team Leader Shee Kupi pleaded with the fisherfolk across the region to comply with the various warnings issued from time to time by the Lamu county marine control office, the meteorological department as well as the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) and desist from going to the deep seas during seasons when the Indian Ocean is experiencing strong winds and tides.



Mr Kupi noted that the frequent boat accidents being witnessed in Lamu in recent times is clear indication that the season is improper for fishermen navigation in the deep seas.

“Up to now two fishermen are still missing since last week. We tried searching for them unsuccessfully. In fact, the search was stopped since Tuesday this week. We suspect the two drowned and their bodies probably eaten by fish or washed off towards Somalia open landing. We need to be extra cautious while at sea,” said Mr Kupi.

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