Rescue efforts underway as helicopter crashes in lake Nakuru with five on board

Rescue efforts underway as helicopter crashes in lake Nakuru with five on board

BY KORIR JUMA/NAMULONGO PETER,21ST OCT 2017-Rescue efforts are ongoing on the shore of lake Nakuru after a helicopter  that was carrying  media team to a political rally crashed in Lake Nakuru shortly after take off  on Saturday from a hotel in the town.

Nakuru OCPD Joshua Omukata confirmed the incident saying they were waiting for a boat to conduct the rescue as the chopper crashed inside the lake.

WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has established that  there were five people on board the helicopter that crashed Saturday morning.

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika said three of those on board were members of her communication team.

The aircraft had left Jarika County Lodge and sources say it was flying low before it crashed.

 

Crowed of onlookers mull around lake Nakuru moments after rescue operations begun-COURTESY

The chopper was to transport  more journalists to a campaign rally.

The rescue efforts were greatly hampered for long hours after the   helicopter sunk in the lake as there is no boat nearby. The rescuers had to wait for a boat to be transported from Lake Naivasha.

National Disaster Management Unit Communications Director Pius Masai said a police helicopter has been deployed to assist in the rescue.

“We have activated the Kenya Defence Forces Disaster Response Unit) through National Operation Centre to bring divers from the Kenya Navy,” he said.

Nakuru leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui were also at the Lake Nakuru National Park.

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