6 fishermen die in Lake Victoria mishap

December 16, 2012 12:45 pm


Photo shows fishermen pull out their fishing net in Lake Victoria as the sun sets on March 20, 2012/XINHUA-File
KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 16 – Six fishermen have drowned in Lake Victoria after their boat capsized in Bumbe beach in Funyula constituency.

Only one fisherman was rescued in the 8pm incident.

Initial reports said strong waves hit their boat tipping it over, but the surviving fisherman blamed the accident on an inexperienced coxswain.

It took local fishermen and the provincial administration almost eight hours to retrieve the bodies.

The surviving fisherman was treated at a local hospital and discharged.

Those who died were aged between 15 and 21 years.

The area MP Paul Otuoma grieved with family members and cautioned parents against allowing their young sons to venture into the lake.

Meanwhile police in Kisumu have launched a manhunt for a middleaged man who clobbered his wife to death in Nyalenda.

Kisumu police boss Musa Kongoli says the suspect escaped after the incident on Saturday night.

Neighbours reported that the couple had a fight after the woman arrived from a party that was not approved by the husband.

They say the woman in her early 30s broke a TV set, utensils and other property during the fight, a situation that further angered her husband.

Kongoli says the suspect hit the deceased with a blunt object killing her instantly.

In the same area, motorcyclists killed a suspected robber who waylaid one of them in an attempt to steal his bike.

The cyclist raised alarm prompting his colleagues to rush to his rescue and caught up with the suspect who was escaping after the botched robbery.

The suspect was beaten to death.


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