Kilifi County to inspect boats following Watamu deaths

Watamu boat accident scene photo: courtesy

Kilifi County Government has ordered inspection of all boats operating along the county’s coastline.

This follows the death of three people on Saturday when a boat capsized with 28 passengers at Watamu beach. The vessel had taken tourists (13 Kenyans and 13 non-residents) on a snorkeling tour.

In an official statement to newsrooms, the County government alsdo ordered all boats to adhere to safety standards.

” No boat will leave the shores without all its occupants wearing a safety jacket”, reads the statement.

It further said it will increase patrons at the beach to ensure there is compliance on safety and timely response to emergencies and incidents.

See statement: