Two occupants boarding the saloon car that drowned at the Likoni Ferry Channel in Mombasa have been identified.
The two who were in the car reported to have reversed from the MV Harambee Ferry were on board a Toyota ISIS car registration number KCB 289C and are said to have been the last to board.
The Toyota ISIS drowned into the Indian Ocean at around 6 pm in the evening on Sunday the 29th of September 2019. The two occupants have been identified as Mariam Kigenda, 35 years of age and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu.
Amanda Mutheu was a pupil at the MM Shah Academy in Mombasa where the school has also confirmed the loss of the child through the tragic Sunday evening incident.
The Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich said that the vehicle lost control of its brakes and reversed before the MV Harambee ferry, reportedly the oldest ferry in Mombasa with its broken ramps floating into the Ocean docked.
Mr. Kigenda, the late Mariam’s husband and the late Amanda’s father camped at around the scene of the accident monitoring recovering efforts at the scene of the tragic incident that took away his wife and daughter.
Bodies were yet to be recovered as police were said to be waiting for the Kenya Navy and other Private divers to assist in the exercise.
The rescue operation had been called off on Sunday, the 29th of September 2019 after it became too dark to operate.
KFS, through their social media platforms, reported that the car and its occupants were yet to be retrieved hours after the accident.
“Neither the car nor the occupants have been retrieved. We share our sincere sympathies to the affected as the salvage operations continue,” the KFS post on its official Facebook page read.
KFS is yet to make any public statement on the recovery mission despite having sent out a good morning tweet in the morning that seemed to have rubbed Kenyans the wrong way.
May the soul of Amanda and her mother, Mariam, rest in eternal peace.