Likoni: Kenya Navy yet to resume search operation over delay in arrival of sophisticated equipment
Oct. 08, 2019
- The operation started last week with a team of rescuers drawn from different sectors deployed at the ocean of the accident
- Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) officers, Coast guard and private divers have pitched camp at the Likoni channel since Sunday, October 29
- The government said the equipment required to help retrieve bodies is not locally available and has been imported from South Africa though is yet to arrive
- Private divers hired by the family continued with the operation on the morning of Tuesday but are yet to get any positive results
The operation to recover the bodies of Mariam Kigheda and her daughter Amanda Mathieu who drowned in Likoni channel has stalled after the advanced equipment the team was relying on delayed to arrive.
The rescue teams that involved Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) officers, Coast guard and private divers have pitched camp at the Likoni channel since last week trying to retrieve the bodies without success.
According to KFS Managing Director Col Lawrence Gituma who spoke to Nation media on Tuesday, October, the equipment required for the exercise is not available locally and will be imported from South Africa.
Meanwhile, private divers hired by the family of the victims continued with the search mission on Tuesday morning and are yet to locate the bodies.
The family sought the services of five divers from SubSeas Services in South Africa to help in the recovery mission.
A veteran Swedish diver Volker Bassen also joined the team on Saturday, October 5 alongside three other experts hired by the government form South Africa.
Bad weather, poor visibility and strong water currents in the ocean have been listed as major hindrances to the operation.
Mariam and her four-year-old daughter drowned into the Indian Ocean on Sunday, October 29, after their car slid off the ferry and plunged into the water body.
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