Bodies of Drowned Embu University Students Retrieved
Divers have managed to retrieve the missing bodies of two Embu University students who drowned into Nyamindi River, Kirinyaga County while on a picnic last Saturday.
Three ill equipped local divers located the bodies which were trapped underneath the slippery rock boulder in the river slightly before 1 pm on Monday.
Led by Danson Bundi, the divers used their skills and wide knowledge of the terrain in the river to trace the two bodies by taking deep dives.
“I dived right deep inside the water and touched a piece of cloth upon which I re-emerged to surface and informed my team that I had stumbled on one of the bodies,”a shivering Bundi told the rescue team after the retrieval.
He said he was then joined by his colleagues Titus Kabata and Paul Njanja who helped him fish out the first body to the banks of the river.
It was not long before the second body was recovered amid relief from the villagers who had camped at the site during the entire operation.
The bodies were both located at one section of the river while one had his hand still raised up even in death suggesting he was trying to call for help, according to Bundi.
Another Red –cross team from Kiambu County had earlier on arrived at the God’s bridge, the scene of the tragedy shortly after 10 am but was overwhelmed by the cold water and the depth of the river.
The team was also said to have been ill equipped since it did not have even diving suits.
University Dean of students Dr. Mark Otieno said the victims were both first year students pursuing BSC degrees in Agriculture and Water Management respectively.
He positively identified the bodies of the victims upon retrieval as those of Larren Kandie 19, from Mogotio village, Baringo county and Francis Muthii 21, from Sagana town
Kirinyaga County Commissioner Mohamed Birik who was at the scene said there was urgent need to develop local diving talents since youths from the area appeared to be well versed with deep water diving and related operations.
“Had there been a stand by rescue team of local divers when this tragedy happened perhaps it would have saved the drowning students, “he said.
Birik said he will be seeking an audience with the County Government with a view to start a rescue center at the scene right away while the area disaster management team also shared similar sentiments.
The bodies were later removed to the Embu Level Six Referral hospital mortuary for postmortem examination while burial arrangements have since commenced according to Otieno.
By Irungu Mwangi