Four people feared dead after boat capsizes in Thika

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 16:11 | By

Four people are feared dead after a boat they were crossing River Athi in at Ngoliba ward in Thika capsized.

The boat had six male occupants when it capsized but two managed to swim to safety.

While rescue operations were still ongoing at the time of going to press, there were fears that heavy rains pouring in the area could interfere with the mission.

According to Alice Njoki, the chief Ngoliba location, the six men who were tying a rope to stabilize their boat as they wade through the waters to the other ridge are from the same locality.

"We still don't know the situation of the other four. Rescue efforts have commenced using local divers even as we seek assistance elsewhere," she said.

Area MCA Joakim Mwangi Njama said that the county was sending experienced divers to help in the rescue efforts.

"We are moving in with the fire team and several divers to see if we can rescue the four. Raging waters could however hamper our operations but we hope for the best," he said on phone.

Over the years, rampant flooding has been hitting the area leaving a trail of destruction.

Last year, a police chopper had to land at the river to rescue a man who had been stuck at the river for four days

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