Kenya

BREAKING: Missing Likoni bodies found

The family that perished in the Likoni tragedy

It is good news as divers have finally located the car and the bodies of a woman and her daughter who plunged into the Indian Ocean 10 days ago.

Col Lawrence Gituma had earlier said divers have mapped an area within the radius with a layer of 1.5 metres of mud that shows signs of disturbance, indicating the presence of a foreign object not common in water.

“In that locality, there is a mud layer of 1.5 metres which showed a sign of disturbance by an artificial object that is not common in the sea,” he said.

The recovery operation has been going on for the last 10 days with a multi-agency team consisting of the Kenya Coast Guard and the Kenya Navy, South African divers and Indian Navy.

“The four identified spots that we think have got the same characteristics will be verified by additional technology which is going to be deployed,” said Col Gituma.

Mariam Kighenda, 35, and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu died when the car they were travelling in slipped off MV Harambee ferry into the Indian Ocean.

The incident, which occurred on September 29 was documented, and the video of the sinking car spread widely on social media.

The family of the two now camps daily at the Mbaraki Wharf in Likoni, which was recently declared a military no-go-zone as operations in the ocean are coordinated from the location.

The family’s privately hired divers who joined the multi-agency team are set to continue with the search.

 

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