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KWS receives modern patrol boat

24 January 2013, 12:12 Alloys Musyoka

Kenya Wildlife Service in Malindi has received a new modern boat from the government to enhance its security operations in the area.

The boat which was acquired through governments' initiative dubbed "Beach Management Program" is said to have cost 8 million of tax payers money.

Malindi district KWS senior warden Isaac Mugo said the boat is capable of accommodating 10 people during its operation, adding that it is a 60 horse power boat.

Addressing the media in his office that is situated at Marine Park in Malindi, Mugo said the seven - meter boat is strong and since it has two engines can move faster than the current boats used by KWS wardens patrolling marine park.

"It is the strongest and faster than the other boats we have because of its modern design," he noted.

The KWS officer said the boat will be serving the entire Malindi and its environs in case of any rescue mission as well as paroling in the marine park for security purposes.

He mostly the boat will serve Malindi and Watamu areas among others during security patrols and when needed for rescuing fishermen and visitors who arrives in the area to swim.

"Malindi is large and the boat will be expected to cover areas where people are drowning whether they are fishermen or regular swimmers," he noted.

Mugo said the arrival of the boat brings the number of boats at the Marine park to three, which he added will serve the region comfortably and reduce cases of drowning of people for lack of rescue boats.

"Many people come from as far as Nairobi just to swim and sometimes they drown so these boats will help our officers during their patrols and ensure that such cases are solved if they happen," he added.

Mugo observed that many of fishermen who drown defy their orders and end up dying as they go deep-sea fishing.

For the last three weeks three people drowned in the Indian ocean one of them being a fisherman while the rest were people who had come to swim.

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