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Kenya: Officials report ten dead in boat accident near Lamu Island June 20

Government officials confirm at least ten people killed after boat capsizes off the coast of Lamu Island on June 20

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/20/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/20/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Lamu Island

Event

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that ten people were killed when a boat capsized while traveling in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, June 20. According to officials, the boat was ferrying 22 people and building materials from Ndau Islands to Lamu Island when it capsized in the Mkanda Chanel. Police officials said the boat capsized due to rough seas.

Context

Fatal boating accidents in the Indian Ocean off of Kenya’s coast are rare. In January 2012, two boats collided near Lamu Island, resulting in seven fatalities.

Advice

Travelers are advised to verify proper safety standards prior to any boat travel, including the availability of safety equipment and life-jackets. It should be noted that life-jackets suitable for children are not always available; those traveling with small children should consider bringing their own.

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