11 dead after Zim boat capsized on Christmas

2011-12-26 14:32

Harare - Zimbabwean police on Monday said they had recovered 11 bodies, including those of five children, from Lake Chivero near the capital Harare.

The people were all presumed to have drowned when their boat had an accident late on Christmas Day.

"We have retrieved all bodies now," Andrew Phiri, a Zimbabwean police spokesman told dpa, adding: "The boat capsized after it was hit by a wave."

Phiri said eight people, including three crew members, survived the accident by swimming to the shores of the crocodile infested Lake Chivero, about 20km south-west of Harare.

The survivors then alerted authorities, who sent in dive-teams to try to rescue the others.

Police also said a game ranger at the same lake drowned on Saturday night after a boat he was in capsized, in an unrelated incident.

As Zimbabwe's tourism sector has picked up again over the last two years, the lake has become popular with visitors.

  • Grant - 2011-12-26 23:32

    The story does not tie up : Lake Mcilwaine or Chiveru as its been renamed does not have waves so what did cause the boat to capsize? Lake Mac crocodile infested?? I've only once read about a 'flat dog' having been spotted and that was about 35 years ago.

      Angus - 2011-12-29 09:53

      there are some big crocs in Chivero now. they used to have a small croc farm on the game park side of things, and when national parks couldnt feed them any more they were released into the lake

  • Jack - 2011-12-27 06:00

    1. The correct old name was Lake McIlwaine..Not Lake Mcilwaine 2. The correct new name is Lake Chivero ..Not Lake Chiveru 3. And Yes, the Lake has always had crocodiles.. There is a Game Reserve nect to it and the Hunyani River which flows into it does have crocodiles at some points along its course...

  • Jack - 2011-12-27 06:04

    Looks like news24, did not double check the story as well.. He is th link to the original story. The waves could have been due to a late hours, as it is the rainy season and that brings a lot of waves.. and the over-loading.

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