Swimming expedition turns tragic as 5 people drown in Indian Ocean
23 December 2014, 10:41
Kwale - A swimming expedition turned tragic after five people drowned in the Indian Ocean in Kwale County.
The deceased are said to have travelled all the way from their rural homes in Shimba Hills to the Diani public beach to swim when the tragedy struck on Sunday evening.
Diani Chief, Ibrahim Makanzu confirmed the incident and said it occurred at the King for Love area near the Two Fishes Beach Hotel.
Makanzu said police took the bodies to Msambweni County Hospital mortuary.
Speaking to the media in Kwale on Monday, the Chief said the deceased were aged between 12 and 25 years and they were not from his area.
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“The deceased had gone for an outing to the beach. They had travelled a long distance to come and enjoy themselves at the beach but unfortunately they drowned,” said Makanzu.
He advised members of the public to be cautious when going to swim in the ocean during this festive season to avert cases of drowning.
He particularly cautioned parents against allowing their children to go swimming unaccompanied.
“It is very dangerous for anyone to go swimming if they do not know how to do so as they risk drowning. Such people should ensure they are accompanied by skilled swimmers who can aid or rescue them in case of trouble,” said Makanzu.
He appealed to Kenya Red Cross which has a branch in the area to provide life savers to rescue people who are in danger of drowning in the ocean during the Christmas season.
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