, MOMBASA, Kenya, Jun 20 – At least eight people have died after a passenger boat capsized in the Indian Ocean, off Lamu Island.
Police said three children were among the dead in the 11am incident.
The boat was sailing from Lamu Island to Lamu East when it was swept away by strong current.
More than 20 people were rescued by local divers and police.
Coast Deputy Regional Commander Akello Odhiambo said the boat was ferrying passengers and cargo.
“We are still waiting for the official figure about those killed in the incident. Kenya Navy and other relevant authorities are leading the rescue operation,” said Odhiambo.
In January 2012 two passenger boats collided between Lamu Island and Mokowe, killing seven people. Several others sustained injuries while 15 were rescued.
Police say the ocean has recently witnessed heavy storms and tides, forcing them to suspend fishing activities.