Four fishermen feared drowned as boat sinks

23Oct 2019
The Guardian
Four fishermen feared drowned as boat sinks

FOUR fishermen including are feared drowned after their boat sank in Lake Victoria off Kibara beaches in Bunda district, Mara region early yesterday morning.

Police sources said another fisherman who was in the boat, Doto David (18) a resident of Kenkombyo village in the district survived after holding onto the boat screamed for help whereby people around rushed to save him.

Those who died have   been identified as Kabenjulilo Magere (17), Godluck Yohana (15), Kaitila Julius (19) and Philipo James (17) who was a student at Kenkombyo primary school and had just passed his Std VI national exams whose results were announced last week. All the deceased were residents of Kenkombyo village.

The Mara Regional police Commander ACP Juma Ndaki confirmed the tragic incident saying it occurred at 1.30 yesterday (October 22) this year and added that he had received the information from OCD Bunda.

He said by yesterday noon the bodies of all the deceased had been recovered and handed to their relatives for burial.

Dr Samuel Paul of Kibara Mission Hospital and Nurie Mabele, a nurse at the hospital said they received the four bodies at the hospital for examination.

In the meantime, two people survived death after they were attacked by a pack of hyenas after they overran a house in Kasahunga village in Bunda district that was observing a period of mourning.

Dr Samuel Paul of Kibara Mission Hospital to where one of the victims was referred to, said they treated the victim who had injuries.    

Witnesses said the incident occurred after midnight yesterday when the hyenas descended on the mourners as they were holding vigil outside the house.