Police in Port Victoria is investigating an incident where a Kenya Wildlife Service Officer drowned at CHES bay beach in Bunyala Sub County.
Confirming the incident, Bunyala Deputy County Commissioner Grace Ouma said that the officer was in the company of his colleagues when they went to visit the CHES bay hotel over the weekend.
“In the process, they decided to go swimming in Lake Victoria within the hotel's beach, but the late Collins Bwire (22) based at Bukiri Kenya Wildlife Service offices was overpowered by water and he finally downed,” she said.
Ouma added that first aid was conducted on the deceased before being rushed to Port Victoria Sub County hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“The case is under investigation at Port Victoria police station to establish whether the hotel facility has divers to help in cases of emergency,” she said.
The hotel manager Collins Wafula said that the victim visited the facility in the company of his colleagues at around 12.30 pm Sunday before proceeding to the swimming expedition.
Wafula added that the visitors were accompanied by security officers to monitor and ensure their safety at the facility.
“At the time of going to swim, the deceased was sober and did not venture into the deep waters,” he said, adding that his divers rescued the victim and subjected him to first aid before taking him to the hospital.
He stated that the deceased might have been suffering from some underlying medical condition, adding that more details would be revealed by the investigation.
The hotel manager described the incident as an isolated occurrence at the facility, adding that the ongoing police investigations would unravel the cause.
The body of the deceased is being preserved at the Port Victoria Sub County hospital awaiting postmortem.