Miraculous rescue of 3 Tanzanian fishermen lost for 3 days at sea

for Tv47 Digital January 18, 2023, 07:10 AM
capsized canoe
File photo of a capsized canoe.

In Summary

  • The trio had left their home in Tanagani, Pemba, at dawn Saturday.  
  • They encountered a heavy storm that capsized their canoe and left them stranded at sea. 

Three Tanzanian fishermen have been rescued after being stranded on high seas for three days. 

Hafith Abdalla, 17, Musa Silima, 18 and Silimani Zidini, went on a fishing expedition on a dugout canoe at around 4am on Saturday January 14. 

Shortly thereafter, they encountered a heavy storm, which capsized their boat and left them clinging onto their dear lives.

"Miraculously, the trio fought through the storm and strong winds spawned by a surge of the northeast monsoon and managed to get hold of the vessel, which they floated on the water once again and hopped aboard," reports the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. 

"But with their paddles gone with the tides, the fishermen lost control over the canoe and with the shore being tens of nautical miles away, they resigned to their fate drifting deep into the sea by wind and tide."

Adds DCI in its usual hyperbole: "All this while, sharks crisscrossed daringly inches from the canoe as if marking time for the slightest provocation, before tearing the ill-fated vessel apart and devouring the terrified occupants in a single bite! But the fishermen knew better. They remained calm and clung on to hope for survival." 

The fishermen, who hailed from Tanagani, Pemba island, were rescued on Monday evening when the captain of Turkish ship MV Ince Atlantic spotted the canoe with stranded occupants.

"The Captain reported to the Kenya Ports Authority control tower and was advised to assist the three and disembark them in Mombasa." 


The MV Ince Atlantic whose crew rescued the three stranded fishermen and safely took them to the post of Mombasa. PHOTO | COURTESY

After rescuing the trio, the MV Ince Atlantic crew gave them food, water and warm clothing, en route to Mombasa port. 

They are now on their way back to Pemba where they will be re-united with their families. 

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