Five feared dead as boat capsizes in Masinga Dam

Thursday February 25 2016

Residents at the shores of Masinga Dam, where a

Residents at the shores of Masinga Dam, where a boat carrying 12 people capsized. Five people are feared dead and seven others were rescued. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUTHINI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Five people are feared to have drowned after a boat capsized in Masinga Dam, Machakos County, on Thursday.

Seven others were rescued and taken to Ekalakala Dispensary.

The 12 people were being ferried from Muthesya to Ekalakala market, Masinga Deputy County Commissioner John Odengo said.

"The people were not wearing life jackets and the boat was overloaded," he said.

Mr Odengo said there were bags of maize and motorcycles in the boat.

"Residents use boats to ferry their wares to Ekalakala as today (Thursday) is a market day,” he said.

He said divers had launched a search for the missing five people.