Lake Victoria gets navigation hotline to reduce accidents, deaths
Monday July 4 2016
Ships dock at the Kenya Ports Authority harbour in Lake Victoria in Kisumu County. PHOTO | FILE
Vitalis Leo, a retired captain who used to ship goods across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania waters for 20 years, says it is by sheer luck or the long experience of a coxswain that a ship can leave one post and safely dock at its destination.
The situation is a nightmare for transporters and commuters alike with a report showing that at least 5,000 fatalities are recorded on the lake annually.
Now, many such tragedies could be avoided, as LVBC is set to put up 16 marine rescue and co-ordination centres, which will not only ensure maritime safety procedures are met but also improve response to distress calls.