Mombasa County Government has deployed seven rescue boats along public beaches.

Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir has announced that seven rescue and patrol boats have been deployed along all public beaches in the County.

The move he said is aimed at averting tragedies as visitors and locals throng the beaches to celebrate the holiday.

This also comes a day after two people lost their lives after a boat they were in cupsized at the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach commonly known as Pirates on Sunday.

The two were among 12 family members who had travelled from Nairobi and had hired a boat for a short trip into the deep seas.

"We have deployed seven patrol boats along all our public beaches. With this beach (Pirates) being the most frequented one, we have deployed four boats"

"We will have one along the main island and another two across the ferry," said Nassir during a visit to the beach yesterday.

He said that each boat will have a Kenya Coast Guard officer, a life guard as well as youths with diving experience recruited by the county for the festive season.

"I want to assure Mombasa residents and all visitors of their safety and security. Yes accidents do happen but we have everything under control"

Earlier on Monday, the Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime affairs Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya banned swimming along the beaches of the Indian Ocean past 5 pm following the death of two family members on Sunday.

Meanwhile Jomo Kenyatta and other public beaches as well as Mama Ngina Gardens are spilling over with the humanity of thousands of holidaymakers on leisure.

The revealers are back to beach life after nearly three years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic to enjoy water sports,camel rides and water skiing.

The beach goers, full of excitement, said they were happy to take their families out for beach excursion and leisure during the Christmas and new year holidays.

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