Boat capsizes in Lamu, 11 officers on board rescued.

Boat capsizes in Lamu, 11 officers on board rescued.

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Eleven security officers escaped death narrowly after a naval boat carrying them capsized in Lamu East late on Friday.

The boat had eight CID officers and three marine officials on board, and was heading from Faza island in Lamu East where the officers had gone to carry out investigations.

It capsized at around 7:30pm at Boru area following bad weather and heavy ocean currents, and two of the officers were critically injured.

Seven of the CID officers are based in Mpeketoni while one was from the CID headquarters in Nairobi, a local official told Baraka FM.

“We noticed there was trouble with the boat ahead of us. They were having trouble with heavy tides. Before we knew it, the boat capsized throwing all the occupants into the ocean,” a witness who was in another boat during the accident, told Baraka FM.

He said they raised alarm and attracted area rescuers who saved the victims.

“All the officers were rescued and resuscitated and but two of them were critically injured,” said the witness, with reports that the two had been airlifted to Mombasa for specialised treatment.

Officials from the Kenya navy embarked on a mission to retrieve the boat which sank with three AK 47 rifles and a pistol, Lamu county police commander Ephantus Kiura, said.

The last marine accident in Lamu was in January 2012 when a boat carrying dozens of passengers collided with another vessel and capsized killing eight people.

 

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