Nine feared dead as boat capsized in Kenya

Nine people are feared dead after a boat capsized in Lake Victoria near Bondo, western Kenya, Police say.

Regional police commander, Willy Lugusa, said eight of the 17 people, who were on board the boat, were rescued after the incident took place.

“The bodies of the other nine are yet to be recovered. We believe they are dead,” said Lugusa.

He said the police were waiting for the bodies to float.

The 17 people on board are the members of a local band called Boyieta Wuod Awasi. The missing people include two women and seven men.

Lugusa said the boat capsized en route to the Ndenda Island in Siaya County from Lihunda beach in Bondo.

It is not clear what caused the accident.

The band was expected to perform at a concert in Ndenda.

 

Xinhua/Zainab Sa’id