Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) has embarked on an operation to retrieve the body of a man who jumped off MV Harambee ferry and drowned into the ocean. In a statement, KFS said the vessel was crossing the Likoni Channel from the mainland to the island side when the incident happened.
According to ferry management, the man was dressed in a white vest and black trouser and appeared not to be in his right state of mind.
“We wish to confirm to you of the unfortunate incident earlier today at around 1.30am in which an unidentified male passenger dressed in white vest and black trousers who seemed not in right state of mind onboard MV Harambee while cruising from the mainland to the island side, left where he was seated ran towards the hind prow dived and plunged into the water,” read a statement by KFS on twitter.
A rescue operation was deployed to bring the man back on board but it was hampered by raging undercurrents and darkness.
“Immediate rescue efforts were deployed in vain partly due to the tidal effects and darkness. The matter has been reported to the Ferry police. Meanwhile, our recovery team are in collaboration with the maritime police and beach management units for the possible sighting and recovery of the body. Our sympathies to the affected family,” KFS said.
The incident comes barely two months after a mother and her four-year-old daughter drowned after their vehicle slid from the same ferry and plunged into the ocean. Bodies of the two, Mariam Kighenda and Amanda Mutheu, were recovered after 12 days by a multi-agency team that included divers from a South Africa-based firm and Kenya Navy.