20 people escaped death by a whisker after they were rescued from a sinking Water Bus on Lake Victoria.
Mr. Jacob Owaki, a coxswain who was navigating a commercial motorboat with eight passengers from Usenge Beach, led rescue efforts following the 5PM incident.
The waterbus was ferrying passengers from Usenge Beach heading to Mageta Island when it capsized due to strong waves caused by the strong wind.
Among the passengers was Mageta island Chief Ambrose Ogema who said they heard a loud explosion and then came a huge cloud of blinding smoke. Within seconds, panicked and confused passengers began to disembark. Most of them were wearing life jackets and therefore managed to swim as the rescue boats came to their aid.
Some fisherman’s boat that was close by also came to help rescue the passengers, and with the combined efforts with the rescue boat, all the 20 lives were saved.
They were all taken to Mageta Dispensary on Kabarua Beach for a medical check-up.
There has been a huge concern over the rising levels of Lake Victoria over the past couple of months due to the long rains. Fishermen, other boat users, and people living on the shores of the lake have been warned to be more careful as the water levels are expected to keep going up with the ongoing heavy rainfall experienced across East Africa.