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Likoni tragedy: Car that plunged into Indian Ocean retrieved

The vehicle that plunged into Indian Ocean on the morning of Saturday morning has been retrieved.

The maroon vehicle, Toyota Allion KBX 474B was pulled out of the waters at midday.

The multi-agency team comprising the Kenya Navy and Kenya Coast Guards embarked on the recovery operation immediately after the distress call.

Earlier, the recovery team had told reporters that the wreckage of the vehicle had been located about six metres below.

Earlier, the body of the driver who has since been identified as John Mutinda was retrieved and taken to Coast General Hospital mortuary.

Kenya Ferry Services in a statement said the driver of the vehicle drove into the ocean from the mainland ramp at around 4.20 am Saturday.

Efforts to flag down the vehicle did not bear fruits as the driver accelerated and plunged into the water, the statement said.

The incident comes barely three months after a woman, Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu died at the channel after their car plunged into the ocean after sliding from MV Harambee ferry.

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