Mother, daughter found dead 13 days after their car plunged in Indian Ocean

Friday October 11 2019

The vehicle was pulled out of Indian Ocean at

The vehicle was pulled out of Indian Ocean at 4pm on October 11, 2019. NMG PHOTO 

By Daily Nation

The bodies of a Kenyan woman and her daughter who drowned at the Likoni Channel 13 days ago have been recovered.
The bodies of Mariam Kighenda, 35, and Amanda Mutheu, 4, were pulled from the Indian Ocean on Friday afternoon.
The vehicle, which the victims were in when it slipped off MV Harambee on September 29, was found following efforts by a multi-agency team.


The two drowned in the Indian Ocean after their vehicle, a Toyota Isis, reversed and slid off the MV Harambee ferry which was midstream.

Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu.
Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu. COURTESY PHOTO


Kighenda and her last born daughter were from their family farm in Msambweni, Kwale County when they drowned.
“My wife had gone to get vegetables as she does on weekends. She called when she drove to the ferry and I knew she would be home soon,” Kighenda’s husband John Wambua told Daily Nation recently.
Minutes later, he saw the news on social media. “I immediately attempted to call her to no avail," he said.
Mr Wambua left the house and headed to Likoni ferry police station where he confirmed that his wife of 13 years and daughter had drowned.
SEARCH EFFORTS
From the night of September 29, Mr Wambua was at Likoni channel waiting for the bodies to be retrieved from the Indian Ocean amid seemingly fruitless search efforts.
It was until October 11 that their car and bodies were retrieved from the ocean.

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