In Summary
  • The 11-year-old son fell into the river last week on Tuesday as he was playing with other children.
  • The river is currently swollen due to the ongoing heavy rains in the region.
  • The divers have now resorted to using ropes to dive into the deep ends of the river with the hopes of finding the body.

A family in Eldoret town is in agony after their son slipped into River Sosiani a week ago and his body is yet to be located despite various efforts by local divers.

The family, which resides in West Indies estate, said their 11-year-old son fell into the river last week on Tuesday as he was playing with other children.

Efforts by the volunteer local divers who were called in to help retrieve the body from the raging waters have borne no fruit.

RIVER SWOLLEN

The river is currently swollen due to the ongoing heavy rains in the region.

Mike Kemboi, the boy’s father, said his son was a few meters from their West Indies home playing with other children when the tragedy happened.

“Last week on Tuesday my son, Emmanuel Kiprotich, went out to play with other children. They decided to play along River Sosiani and he fell and drowned. Efforts by his friends to save him were futile because they were overwhelmed by the raging waters,” Mr Kemboi narrated.

He called on the government to help them retrieve the body. He said so far they have received little support from the county government.

EIGHTH DAY

“Today is our eighth day since we started the search for his body. We have not received much help from the county apart from the ladders and the ropes that we are using in our search,” said Mr Kemboi.

Susan Maina, who is Emmanuel’s aunt, said that after receiving the information about the incident from the children who were playing with the boy, they immediately started the search for his body.

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