In Summary
  • Another fisherman identified as Dan Otieno, 38, survived the accident.
  • Kaksingri West Location Chief Samuel Obando said the boat capsized due to the heavy storm.
  • Two other fishermen clung on to pieces of wood from their destroyed boat and swam to the shore.

Three fishermen, two Kenyans and a Tanzanian, have drowned during a fishing expedition in Lake Victoria near Rusinga Island.

The fishermen, Martin Kieti, 41, Joseph Kososi, 33 and a Tanzanian man who was identified as Nyang'ope Jashirati aged 30, died on Sunday evening when their boat was overpowered by strong waves during a storm in the lake.

Another fisherman identified as Dan Otieno, 38, survived the accident.

The four had boarded a fishing boat from Wadiang'a Beach in Sindo Township at around 5pm and went fishing in the lake.

The fishermen arrived in Rusinga Island at 9pm.

However, their journey was cut short when it started to rain heavily, filling their boat with water.

CAPSIZED

Kaksingri West Location Chief Samuel Obando said the boat capsized due to the heavy storm.

"It was raining heavily in the lake. The boat could not hold the weight of the fishermen and the water that was getting in," he said.

Homa Bay County Police Commander Marius Tum confirmed the incident.

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