In yet another unfortunate incident on Lake Kariba, a boat belonging to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) capsized and sank, leaving the crew members struggling for their lives.
Lake Kariba, one of Africa’s largest man-made water reservoirs, has witnessed another accident last week, adding to the concern surrounding safety on the lake.
While specific details about the accident are still forthcoming, a distressing video circulating widely depicts policemen desperately crying out for help as rescue boats race against time to reach the drowning victims.
Adan Nyekete, the captain of the Department of Waters and Inland Lake, confirmed the occurrence of the accident and revealed that the ill-fated boat was undergoing a test run when the incident transpired. According to Nyekete, water entered the boat through its bottom, causing it to sink rapidly.
The Kariba community has been deeply shocked by this incident, which follows a recent boat accident near the Nyaodza fishing camp that claimed the lives of four individuals. Consequently, stakeholders are now calling for a thorough review of maintenance protocols and the provision of safety equipment for boats operating on Lake Kariba. Concerns are mounting regarding the overall safety standards of water vessels in the region.
As investigations into this latest tragedy unfold, it becomes increasingly evident that stringent measures need to be implemented to ensure the safety of those travelling on Lake Kariba. The authorities must take swift action to address the maintenance and safety requirements for boats in the area, safeguarding the lives of both crew members and passengers alike.