Two fishermen drown in Lake Victoria


Two fishermen drown in Lake Victoria
File image of fishermen in Lake Victoria.

In Summary

  • Joseph Ochieng and Samuel Angaga had gone to their normal fishing expedition alongside three other fishermen when their boat capsized.
  • West Uyoma Beach Management Unit Network Chairman Alfred Odhiambo stated that the two men drowned while their colleagues managed to swim towards the lake shore before they were rescued by other fishermen who were also on the lake.
  • Mr. Odhiambo added that the body of Ochieng’ had already been retrieved from the water, further adding a search is going on to recover the remaining body.

Two fishermen drowned in the waters of Lake Victoria on Tuesday evening after their boat capsized near Lihungu beach in Rarieda sub-county following strong winds.

According to West Uyoma Beach Management Unit Network Chairman Alfred Odhiambo, Joseph Ochieng and Samuel Angaga were on a normal fishing expedition alongside three other fishermen when their boat capsized.

He stated that the two men drowned while their colleagues managed to swim towards the shore before they were rescued by other fishermen who were also on the lake.

Mr. Odhiambo added that the body of Ochieng’ had already been retrieved from the water, further adding a search was ongoing to recover the remaining body.

He blamed negligence for the increasing accidents on the lake, noting that most fishermen have often failed to take precaution while on their normal fishing expeditions.

He advised them to always ensure they put on life saving jackets while on the lake to avert such untimely deaths.

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