Three fishers from Nyatike in Migori County died on Tuesday afternoon when their boat capsized in Lake Victoria, in the latest vessel accident in Africa’s largest fresh water body.
The two women and a man were among ten people who had been going about routine activities.
They were identified as Ms Mary Adhiambo (24), Ms Grace Adhiambo(26) and boat rider Mr Wiclife Otieno (28).
North Kadem Beach Management Unit Chairman John Wenje said the incident took place near Kawo Beach at about 1pm.
“They were in one boat and were returning from fishing a expedition when the boat capsized due to strong waves,” said
The association handles the welfare of fishers and has in the past, with other lobby groups, called for urgent safety regulations to be put in place to prevent tragedies.
Mr Wenje said the other people were rescued by local divers.
“Other fishers managed to retrieve the bodies of Ms Adhiambo and Ms Grace Adhiambo. They are still looking for Mr Otieno’s body,” he said.
Nyatike divisional police commander, Mr John Musili, said the boat was “apparently overloaded”.
“Local professional divers have ventured into the waters so we hope the third body will be recovered,” he said.
The police boss cautioned fishermen against going into the lake without taking safety measures.
“Fishers should not overload [boats]. They need to put their safety before anything else.”
The bodies were taken to Migori County Referral Hospital mortuary.
The incident came barely a week after a fisherman drowned in the lake after his boat capsized.
Efforts to retrieve Mr Olweya Odira’s body were futile so his family appealed for more help.
Fishers said the lake has become risky as strong tides have become common.
“The lake has been so dangerous in the past weeks. The tides are so strong that they sink our boats. The lucky ones swim to safety,” said Jared Okinyi, a fisher.