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All bodies of Lake Baringo boat tragedy victims retrieved

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The bodies of the three people who perished when a boat they were riding in capsized in Lake Baringo have been retrieved.

Two bodies, those of 30-year-old businessman Ken Komen and one-and-a-half-year-old baby, were retrieved on Monday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the body of the third victim, 15-year-old Lake Bogoria Girls High School student, was retrieved, although the wreckage of the boat is yet to be found.

The body was found at the Northern side of the lake, 3 kilometres from the scene of the accident.

The deceased drowned at around 3:30 pm on Saturday when they were leaving a hotel in one of the islands after their speed boat sailed into a storm.

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The boat had 12 people on board instead of the required eight. It is reported that the boat was ferrying two families from Teddy Bare Hotel to Kokwa Island for an expedition.

A team of divers responded to the distress call and were able to rescue nine passengers, while the three drowned.

Lake Baringo is among the Rift Valley lakes that have experienced rising water levels due to heavy rains. The rising water levels in Lake Baringo, in particular, have led to floods that displaced more then thousands of people, submerging homes, schools, roads, and hotels.

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