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4 feared dead in Kariba boat accident

by Staff reporter
18 Sep 2023 at 07:01hrs | Views
FOUR people are feared dead after the boat they were travelling in capsized between Nyaodza and Wafawafa camp in Lake Kariba on Saturday afternoon.

A Nyaodza fishing camp resident Memory Sambureni told NewsDay yesterday that the dinghy which was heading to Wafawafa camp from Nyaodza fishing camp was carrying five people including the boat captain.

She suspects that the vessel was  overloaded.

"The boat was heading towards Wafawafa carrying five people and one fisherman survived, while the other four are feared dead," Sambureni said. "The fifth passenger who was said to have been wearing a life jacket survived after swimming to safety."

Department of Water and Inland Lake captain Adan Nyekete confirmed the accident saying investigations were underway.

"I have received information pertaining to the accident and our team is now on the ground. We will furnish you with details after investigations," Nyekete said.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo also confirmed the accident describing it as unfortunate.

"A small motorised boat capsized on Lake Kariba and four people are missing and automatically feared dead. One person was rescued by fishermen after being found clutching on a 20-litre container. The rescue teams are currently on the ground," he said.

In 2021, five people died after a boat carrying eight people capsized on its way from Nyaodza to Lake Harvest habour.

Source - newsday
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