Thirty tourists have closely escaped death on Christmas Day when their boat overturned on the Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa. The tourists have been rescued by marine police and fishermen and according to the senior warden of Kenya Wildlife Service Arthur Tuda said the boat was supposed to carry 15 people but it was overloaded therefore leading to the accident.
The boat has turned over around two nautical miles from the beach because of overloading and it had been hired by the tourists to be taken to the Marine park for a sea tour.
The boat has been stopped from operating along the Kenyan coastline until it has been given a license by the Kenya Maritime Authority.
The KWS officers and the local fishermen who had been sailing looking for fish rushed to rescue the tourists and they managed to pull all of them to the shore safely. The rescue took one hour and the incidence caused panic among those that watched from a safe distance.
The beach had over 10,000 people and it has been recorded the biggest in many years. The security has been tight and people have thanked the police for the work they have done.
About 5kilometres to the pirates’ junction to the beach along the Mombasa-Malindi highway, the police have been eager and it has directed vehicles to avoid traffic jam.
At the entrance of the beach, there has been two road blocks and a small number of cars have been allowed into the beach area, a police chopper ,two rubber dinghies manned by police and a marine police patrol boat.
Generally, the police have been tight in Kenya this festive season because of the threats of an attack by Al-Shabaab.