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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

At least four Kwale fishermen have drowned in an overloaded boat

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- At least four fishermen were killed after their boat capsized in the Indian Ocean near the coastal town of Kwale, Kenya.

Police said the fishermen were on a deep-sea fishing expedition when their boat was hit by storm.

Four fishermen were killed on the spot.

Kwale County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said 11 fishermen were rescued after they managed to swim to a nearby island.

Olaka told Xinhua that the search and rescue team has so far retrieved two bodies.

"We have launched investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

"Preliminary reports indicates that the boat might have been overloaded." Olaka said.

Police said the fishermen included both Kenyans and Tanzanians who were sailing from Pemba in Tanzania to Kwale County.

Olaka warns fishermen who lack modern fishing equipment against deep-sea fishing especially when the ocean is experiencing high tides.

             

 

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