Kenya: Tragic ‘selfie’ leaves 5 dead in Lake Victoria, two bodies still missing


A group’s mission to console a colleague whose father had died turned tragic when their boat capsized in Lake Victoria on Saturday.

The five people said to have worked at St Francis Hospital in Kasarani, Nairobi, decided to take the trip shortly after the burial.

Coxswain George Onyango said they lost control of the canoe when one of the women attempted to take a selfie, in the incident in Seme Sub-county, Kisumu.

“She created an imbalance and caused the vessel to capsize when she stood to capture the moments,” he said.

Arongo Beach Management Unit (BMU) chair Meshack Owira said the canoe which had eight people, including two navigation crew, was overloaded.

“Being a weekend, most of the officials were not at the lake. The visitors boarded the vessel without safety jackets,” he said.

Just over 200 meters from the shores, the boat started capsizing. A few fishermen rushed to save the people on board.

Source: Daily Nation



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