In the light of the recent boat accident on Lake Malawi at Mlowe in Rumphi where a passenger boat capsized drowning 6, Police are hereby reminding all waterway users to be extra cautious and follow lake safety nets to avoid a repeat of this preventable accident.
According to a press statement dated April 24, 2017 and signed by Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera, states that all passengers should enter a boat only if they have seen with their eyes the safety equipment in that particular boat.
The safety equipments which each boat owner should have include life jackets, fire extinguishers, electric pumps, signal lights and containers for draining water.
“Passengers should know that if they board any vessel without safety equipment their lives on the Lake are at high risk”, said part of the statement.
The Police statement further indicated that Marine Police will continue patrolling the lake to maintain order.
“Marine Police will make sure that all boats plying their trade on the lake have the necessary safety equipment mentioned above, and that all boats crossing the lake have auxiliary engines to help in times of danger”, read part of the statement.
Furthermore, Marine Police will make sure that all crew members in passenger boats have at least able seaman or motor man licence to man these vessels professionally. Any lake user to be found on the wrong arm of the law will be arrested, given appropriate charges and taken to court.
Police are therefore appealing to boat crew members to take part in reducing water accidents by following lake safety rules and regulations and to passengers to always avoid boarding overloaded vessels.