A team of Kenya Navy Special Boat Unit (SBU) on Monday, July 19 rescued a crew of seven from a capsizing boat in Lamu.
SBU team leader Lieutenant (Lt) Eric Irungu, confirming the incident, said that he received a signal from Kenya Navy Ship (KNS) Jasiri to attend to a distress call from MV Ferooz.
“We responded immediately and found the boat flooding and the engine was off. We immediately embarked on saving the crew before the boat capsized,” says Lt Irungu.
While expressing his gratitude, the capsized boat Chief Engineer Swaleh Lamazani emphasised the good relationship and cooperation accorded to them by the Kenya Navy service personnel.
“We developed technical complications after our water pump failed and water started flooding the boat’s main engine shutting it down. Realizing that we were taking in more water than we could draw out, we placed a distress call and Kenya Navy immediately came to our rescue,” explained the engineer.
KNS Jasiri had received a distress call from the boat captain Muhamud Salim who was grateful for the swift response, “I am grateful to Kenya Navy for their quick response and their efforts to save our lives.”
The crew of seven, one Indian and six Tanzanians, were on board MV Ferooz on a voyage to Kismayu, Somalia, from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to buy scrap metals.
The crew was rescued and handed over to Lamu Port Police Station for further processing.