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Kariba Boat Tragedy Claims Teen Coxswain



BY YEUKAI CHOGURWEI IN KARIBA

A 17-year-old unlicensed boat coxswain drowned on Lake Kariba yesterday after a vessel, transporting nearly 400 kilogrammes of fresh fish to the harbour, capsized.

The deceased has been identified as Raymond Gutsa.

The incident occurred yesterday around 2pm at Muchenga Point while the travelling party was coming from an island heading towards Kariba.

"There was a strong wave on the lake around the time the accident happened. The boat started filling with water and capsized. 

"Two people, a woman and a man, on board were rescued while the boy drowned and could not be located. His body was later spotted floating and was retrieved," said Richman Kasiyavhumba, an eyewitness.

Gutsa was reportedly travelling with the boat's owner only identified as Mrs Chipikiri, and a male passenger.

The boy's remains were found by rescue divers around 5pm.

This is yet another tragedy on the iconic water mass highlighting the dangers faced by fishermen and villagers from nearby communities who rely on bingy boats as a mode of transport.

Last month, five people, including a Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) soldier, Tafadzwa Mashingaidze, Noah Mwinde and his four-year-old son, a female fish dealer Ziya Kusena and an unidentified male adult perished in another boat accident.

The tragedy occurred when the vessel hit turbulent waters, stirred by strong winds, near Ndomo fishing camp.


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