Four Tanzanian fishermen die after boat capsizes
07 September 2016, 23:00
Nairobi – Four Tanzanian fishermen drowned
on Monday night following a fishing expedition on Kenyan ocean at Gazi Bay.
According to Standard Media twelve others
managed to survive by swimming 7km to shore.
A survivor, Omar Haki said their boat
propeller got entangled with a fishing net in rough seas during a storm.
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In a moment of panic the crew yanked out the
propeller before the boat capsized.
"The incident happened on Monday,
where the heavy waves affected our boat's propeller where the fishing net had
been entangled. We were forced to cut off the propeller and jumped in the
waters to save our lives," said Haki.
Another survivor, Sheha Hamadi said they
has fished the area on numerous occasions and never had problems.
So far three bodies have been retrieved.
Kinondo chief Ali Riga said that before
fishermen from Tanzania are allowed to fish in Kenya they are usually cleared
through BMU officials.
However President Kenyatta Uhuru ordered
that security agencies patrol the Indian Ocean in order to curb illegal
According to the Daily Nation Kenyatta did
this in light of promoting ethical job creation in order to boost Kenya’s