- Migori county police commander Mark Wanjala told the Star two APs and a coxswain were still missing.
- There was a major storm and even fishermen who were out in the night for fishing lost most of their gears and catch.
A search and rescue mission was launched after a boat carrying Kenya Revenue Authority and Administration Police officers capsized in Lake Victoria on Thursday night.
Migori county police commander Mark Wanjala told the Star over the phone that two APs and a coxswain who was manning the boat in a patrol are still missing.
“There were eight people in boat during the patrol and so far five people have been rescued; search is still on for the three,” Wanjala said.
Kibro Management Beach Unit chairman Joel Maulidi said the group was out patrolling on the lake off Mugabo beach along Kenya and Tanzania border when their boat capsized in a storm.
“There was a major storm and even fishermen who were out in the night for fishing lost most of their gears and catch with several boats destroyed,” he said.
Maulidi said fishermen who were returning to the shore and trying to secure their vessels saw the group's boat capsizing and tried to save them and alerted those at the shore.
“We have mounted a major search and rescue, which includes police and local fishermen and we managed to rescue the five because of timely response,” Maulidi said.
He said they hope that the other three will be rescued alive and the boat recovered.
“We have already alerted other beaches in the area including Tanzania and we are looking for them,” he said.