In Summary
  • Four fishermen were cooking using a stove on their boat.
  • A strong wind blew sparks of fire onto petrol as one of them was fuelling the boat, and it resulted in an explosion.
  • They jumped into the lake to escape the fire, but two of them could not swim and they drowned.

Two fishermen drowned after they jumped off their motor boat that caught fire in Lake Victoria on Monday night in Homa Bay County.

Joseph Aduda, 30, and Kevin Odera, 24, were travelling with two other colleagues who survived. Those who escaped were Wycliffe Odoyo, 30, and Calvince Otieno, 28.


The fishermen were travelling from Masara to Nyandiwa beaches in Suba South Sub-County to fish.

According to Nyandiwa Beach Management Unit Chairman Peter Otieno, the fishermen were cooking on the boat using a stove. As one fisherman fuelled the motor boat engine that had stalled using a jerrycan of petrol, a strong wind blew sparks of fire from the stove towards the petrol and resulted in an explosion.

The fishermen jumped into the water after fire engulfed their boat, but two drowned.

"We have lost the two colleagues because they could not swim," said Mr Otieno.

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