Man killed by a Hippo in Homabay

Tragedy struck a village when a 34-year-old fisherman was killed by a hippopotamus at Kisui Beach, Homabay County.

Michael Otieno’s body was found by divers a short distance from his floating boat, according to police.

The incident occurred on the morning of Wednesday, December 27, as Otieno was fishing alone.

Police said Otieno left Lake Victoria shores to Chamaunga Island alone on a fishing expedition but his boat containing his fishing gear and a pair of shoes was found by other fishermen unattended inside the water.

The fishermen sensed danger and suspected he was the latest victim of a hippopotamus attack.

Divers and rescue teams conducted a search and the body which had a deep fresh wound on the left eye and the stomach was retrieved from the shores.

The body was taken to Kirindo Med 25 Private Hospital’s mortuary for a postmortem examination.

Police noted that such attacks are frequent in the area and advised fishermen to exercise caution while in the water.

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