Search for missing Lamu fishing dhow enters its third day

A Boat at the deadly Mkanda channel in Lamu county.The search for a fishing dhow that went missing in Mambrui area of Malindi entered its third day on Wednesday PHOTO COURTESY

The search for a Lamu fishing dhow that went missing in Mambrui area of Malindi on Friday entered its third day on Monday.

This is according to the Shella Beach Management Head Aboud Sahe who says the vessel which had originated from Lamu County seeking to fish in Malindi had not yet been found three days after the incident.

According to Sahe, the dhow developed mechanical problems in Malindi after its mast broke down affecting its wind sailing operations.

“When the mast broke down, the fishermen anchored the vessel in Mambrui but heavy currents hit the vessel and it broke its anchor and drifted into the ocean,” Sahe said.

Two fishermen who were in the now missing dhow managed to escape unhurt according to Sahe.

“ The two fishermen have been identified as Athman Mohamed and Isihaka Mohamed Abdalla. I am insisting for a second time, fishermen should be very careful. It’s very windy during August” Sahe said.

Four weeks ago, the metrological department had warned the strong winds would be experienced in the region.

This comes less than a year after twins died when their boat capsized in nearby Watamu beach.