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Likoni Ferry tragedy: Vehicle that plunged into Indian Ocean with Mariam and Amanda retrieved

The car that plunged into Indian Ocean with Mariam Kighenda and Amanda Mutheu on board has been retrieved after 13-day search has been retrieved.

The vehicle was retrieved after multi-disciplinary team effort bringing together the Kenyan Navy and other various government agencies.

The Indian Navy and private divers contacted by the family also took part in the search and recovery.

At exactly 4:15 pm, the vicle was pulled out of the ocean bringing to an end the 13-day search.

Addressing the press on Thursday evening October 10, government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said the recovery exercise had been slowed down to find ways to figure ways of pulling the vehicle to the surface without messing the bodies.

“We hoped to finish the exercise today including pulling the vehicle out of the ocean. But the conditions of the tide are not favourable. Also, we’ve confirmed the bodies are inside and therefore we must be careful,” said Oguna in the evening.

The vehicle plunged into the Indian Ocean Sunday, September 29 after it slid off the ferry midstream with Mariam Kighenda and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu on board.

The bodies were taken to Jocham Hospital mortuary.

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