At least six people are feared dead while seven survived after a boat capsized in Lake Victoria last night.
They are believed to have been travelling from Sigulu Island in Uganda to Marenga Omena Beach, which is in Budalang’I, Busia county.
The survivors are currently at the Port Victoria Hospital where they are receiving medication.
They were rescued by fishermen who were on a fishing expedition at night.
According to the chairman of the Marenga Omena Beach, Steven Muse, the boat had 13 people, including a coxswain who also died.
They were carrying fish, vegetables and cereals. The search for the missing person is underway. Of the seven survivors, six are women and a man.
“The search for the missing persons has started. They were all traders,” said Muse. Budalang’I Sub County Deputy County Commissioner Jacob Rutto confirmed the incident.
In May 2020, a ferry popularly known as water bus capsized on Lake Victoria due to heavy waves caused by rains that had punded the region for weeks.
The boat was reportedly plying the Mageta Island – Usenge beach route at the time and had 17 passengers on board who were all rescued by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) speed boats and others.