Kenyan boat capsizes killing two children

Ferry boat capsizes near Kenya’s Lake Victoria, killing two children on board

Photo by: Social Media
Photo by: Social Media

Ferry boats in Kenya, lake Victoria

A ferry boat capsized in Lake Victoria in western Kenya killing two children, the vessel was reportedly carrying 200 passengers.

The accident happened at about 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning (Tuesday 23:00 GMT).

After a collision with a fishing boat, the ferry boat sank, authorities weren’t able to reveal the number or the identity of the victims right away. Extracting the boats out of the water is now underway. There were no casualties on the fishing boat, which also capsized as a result of the collision.

Local Kenyan government officials downgraded the 200 figure to 23, and this was also confirmed by a boat owner who responded to the distress calls.

The Kenyan Red Cross stated in a tweet it was sending a response team to the site.

Fishermen responded to the distress calls and rescued 21 of the 23 people on board the sunken ferry boat and recovered the children's bodies.

Fishing boats are often found on Lake Victoria during midnight hours because the waters are calm at that time, Kenyan media says.

TRTWorld and agencies