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Search for Sunday ferry tragedy victims widened to 9 probable locations

 

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna (pictured) Wednesday afternoon said five probable locations have yielded negative results/CFM

MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 2 – Search teams working to retrieve bodies of two victims of the Sunday ferry tragedy at the Likoni channel in Mombasa have widened the operation to nine probable locations of the wreckage of a station wagon that sunk into the Indian Ocean.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna Wednesday afternoon said five probable locations have yielded negative results.

He said divers experienced visibility challenged adding that they were only able to rely on their sense of touch to check the objects they encountered in the locations said to be between 70 to 90 feet deep.

Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) which operates vessels across the busy channel had initial told the press the search had been narrowed to two probable spots.

On Wednesday the Kenya Navy reportedly deployed robots in a bid to establish the exact location of the vehicle that plunged into the Indian Ocean on Sunday evening with two occupants on board.

The occupants of the vehicle which slid off a ferry on routine service at the Likoni channel on Sunday were identified by the police on Monday as 35-year-old Mariam Kigenda and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu.

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