At least six people are feared dead after a boat they were traveling in capsized in Lake Victoria on Friday night, local publication Daily Nation reported.

According to the report, police said that the boat capsized as a result of heavy winds and overloading.

Reports indicated that 13 people were using the boat to travel from neighbouring Uganda when it capsized at about 10pm in Budalang’i, Busia County,

Stephen Musee, the Sisenye Beach Management Unit chair, spoke to Daily Nation and said the engine boat was heading from Sigulu island in Uganda to Sisenye beach in Kenya.Bunyala divisional police commander (OCPD) Jefferson Nyakundi said two children, a woman and a coxswain were among those feared dead.

He attributed the tragedy to heavy winds and overloading and called on sailors to take precautions such as checking weather patterns and carrying life jackets.

Rescue efforts are ongoing.