Two feared dead as car plunges into River Tana
Two people alleged to be brothers are feared dead after a car they were travelling plunged into the crocodile infested river Tana in Mororo area, Bura constituency in unclear circumstances on Sunday night.
Thousands of shocked residents who woke up to the news milled around the scene could not comprehend how the vehicle veered off the road and plunged into the river with four occupants.
Confirming the 9.30 pm incident, Garissa OCPD, Aron Moriasi said that the driver and a passenger in the front seat managed to free themselves and swam into safety. They were treated for minor injuries and shock and later released.
He said the saloon Volks wagon car registration number KBV 922T was coming from Madogo to Garissa but the occupants diverted to a local social joint in Mororo when the driver lost control, veered off the road in unclear circumstances and plunged into the river.
The OCPD gave the names of the survivors as David Wendo, an NIS desk officer based in Garissa who was the driver at the time of the incident and Beryl Atieno one of the passengers seated next to him.
“The two managed to free themselves and swam into safety. Police officers rushed to the scene immediately and condoned off the scene. However, the two others unfortunately never surfaced,” he said.
Moriasi said that Cyprian Ogallo who was a student at NEP technical college and George Onyango a teacher at one of the schools in Garissa town are suspected to have drowned inside the vehicle and by 10.30am efforts to rescue them had not succeeded.
The OCPD said that the police had not ascertained whether the two were brothers.
“We shall confirm their status when we track them either alive or dead from the river. At this point in time we are doing everything within our powers as a police service to ensure that the vehicle and the two victims are taken out of the river in whatever form,” he said.
He said police from Garissa and Tana North Sub-County are seeking the services of specialized units with divers to ensure that the victims and vehicle are brought out of the river.
The OCPD urged area residents to remain calm and give police time to carry out their work, calling on drivers to be careful when driving in such areas especially during the night.
By Jacob Songok