The body of a 19-year-old Form Four student who drowned in the Indian Ocean while swimming with friends in Mpeketoni, Lamu West, over the weekend has been recovered.
Anthony Kang’ethe’s body was found Monday morning on the shores of the Indian Ocean after an overnight search and recovery mission by local divers and the public.
A 14-year-old KCPE candidate, Mark Kamau, who was with Kang’ethe, is also feared dead.
Mpeketoni OCPD Harrison Njuguna confirmed the incident, saying that a search for the second student was underway.
Mr. Njuguna said the two had gone swimming with their friends at the Baharini channel and were swept away.
“This morning, the body of Anthony Kang’ethe was found on the shores of the Indian Ocean at Baharini area. This was after a search mission that was launched on Sunday evening. Another student is yet to be found. The two were with a group of colleagues at the beach for a swimming expedition before things turned awry. Divers are still at the scene of the incident searching for the other missing student,” said Mr. Njuguna.
The OCPD warned people not to attempt swimming in Indian Ocean channels which are known to be dangerous.
The body of the KCSE candidate was taken to the Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital mortuary.
Baharini channel is among the deepest in the region and is characterized by rough currents and strong waves.
Other killer channels in Lamu include Mlango wa Tanu in Mkokoni, Mlango wa Ali in Kiwayu, Mlango wa Bomani in Kiunga, the Manda Bruno channel, the Mkanda Channel, Shella Channel and Mlango wa Kipungani.
Sailors, shippers, and fishermen are wary of these killer channels which are known for being complicated to maneuver even by the most experienced individuals using the most sophisticated boats.
Hundreds have lost their lives in these channels.
The Baharini incident comes just days after a fisherman drowned after a boat capsized at Ras Kitau in the Indian Ocean.Follow us in social media: