Ruto condoles with families of 10 who died in Usenge boat tragedy

In Summary

•One body of a woman has been retrieved so far.

•The retrieval is being done by local volunteers, Beach Management Unit, Coast Guard and the Kenya Marine.

The capsized boat
The capsized boat

DP William Ruto has condoled with the families of 10 people who died when a boat capsized in Lake Victoria.

"It is quite unfortunate that we lost great Kenyans in a boat accident in Lake Victoria today. My deepest sympathies to the families of those who perished in the tragedy in Siaya County," Ruto said.

Beach Management Unit Chairman Elly Odhiambo Masinde said the boat, which had 20 people on board, was transporting maize and bananas to Usenge beach when it capsized after it was hit by strong winds.

He said 10 people drowned while the other 10 - nine adults and one child - were rescued by other fishermen who were on a routine fishing expedition.

Assistant Chief of Got Agulu sub-location Fredrick Ochieng Abuonji said retrieval operations for the bodies was ongoing.

He appealed for government support.

One body of a woman has been retrieved so far.

The retrieval is being done by local volunteers, Beach Management Unit, Coast Guard and the Kenya Marine.

Reports indicate that the Kenya Marine is in communication with Uganda on transportation of the deceased back to Uganda.

Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga condoled with friends and families of the deceased.

Rasanga said he will support the families who have lost their loved ones and those who are yet to be found.

Rasanga at the same time applauded the retrieval efforts so far.