Tanzanian Fisherman Goes 7 Days Without Food in Kenya

A Tanzanian fisherman injured after his boat was swept off Pemba Island by heavy winds is recuperating in Mnarani, Kilifi.

He was rescued by Kenyan fishermen at the Kilifi creek after spending about seven days in the ocean without food and water.

Abeid Khamis, 18,  said they left their home in Muamba ya Chole on November 26.

“Our vessel was hit by strong waves and we were pushed into the high seas. We lost control of the vessel and there were no other boats in sight,” Khamis said.

“We tried to steer the vessel to the shore but went deeper. We saw trawlers on our way but they did not respond to our distress call.”

Khamis said on Wednesday that his colleague jumped out of the vessel on the third day of their ordeal and is yet to be found.

Khamis said the friend, identified only as Longoni, tried to swim to safety after he saw a light house a short distance from where their boat developed problems.

The fisherman’s host Omar Abdallah said he was taken to his home by a colleague on Sunday.

“My colleague had just dropped his lines when he saw the catamaran. He rescued Khamis and brought him here because he knows I come from Pemba,” Abdallah said.

“I took him to police and then to the hospital because he could not talk properly. He was treated and discharged so I brought him here.”

He said they contacted the family to organise the survivor’s return to Pemba since he was in good shape and so was the boat.

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