Two people were found dead while six others were missing on Tuesday in a boat accident in Lake Victoria in Homa Bay County.
Eight other passengers were saved.
Homa Bay Township chief Joshua Ochogo who confirmed the incident said the bodies of a middle-aged woman together with one-and-a-half-year-old child were pulled out by rescuers and moved to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital morgue.
The two victims were among 16 passengers who boarded the boat at Pier Beach in Homa Bay town going to Ndhuru beach next to Mbita sub-county.
The passenger boat is said to have developed a serious crack that made water to enter in the boat when it capsized few metres away from the shore.
The Passengers comprises of fishmongers and people who went to Homa Bay town to buy different goods.
They boarded the boat few minutes past 4.30pm. However, 10 minutes after it took off, it capsized.
According to Mr Ochogo, eight passengers were saved while six others are still missing.
“The search operations is underway to retrieve the bodies of the remaining six persons who are still at large,” Ochogo said.
The boat was also carrying construction materials like cement, timber and firewood.
Witnesses believed that the passenger boat capsized because it was overloaded after being swayed by strong winds across the lake.
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