In Summary
  • Relief for family as divers locate vehicle with kin in Likoni tragedy.

  • The car is lying 58 metres deep, and will now require specialised engineering teams to pull it out.

  • A video footage exclusively obtained by the Nation show two tyres of the vehicle that is seen lying upside down.

The vehicle that was carrying a woman and her child, and which lunged into the Indian Ocean at the Likoni channel 10 days ago, has been located.

The vehicle, which Ms Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu were in when it slipped off MV Harambee on September 29, was found following efforts by a multi-agency team.

A video footage exclusively obtained by the Nation show two tyres of the vehicle that is seen lying upside down, with its windows locked. A review of the tape also shows a human hand seen from one of the car windows.

3D FILM

The Nation understands it was a Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) remote-operated undersea vehicle equipment that captured the back side of the vehicle with the hand seen on the front side.

From the video, the vehicle appears to have stuck in the deep waters. Officials from the multi-agency team said the mud in the seabed is 1.5 metres deep.

The vehicle, whose number plate sources says they have captured, appears to have been in the waters for a few days.

After it had plunged into the Indian Ocean, police reported that the vehicle was a Toyota Isis registration number KCB 289C.

Sources said the car is lying 58 metres deep, and will now require specialised engineering teams to pull it out.

The rescue team identified the vehicle between 1pm and 2pm Wednesday when they were reviewing 3D films captured during the morning session.

RETRIEVAL

The spot at which the vehicle was found is one of the four locations that had been identified earlier. The spots are 57 metres, 47 metres, 37 metres and 27 metres deep.

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